Coach eyes gold with teenager at World tourney

FILE: ZAMBIA judoka Simon Zulu (right) battles with Georgios Balarjishvili of Cyprus during the Youth Commonwealth Games 60kg category event. PICTURE: GETTY IMAGES

NATIONAL judo team coach Moola Lipimile is targeting leading Simon Zulu to winning a gold medal at next month’s World Junior Cadets Championship

in Chile.
Lipimile said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the technical bench is working round the clock to adequately prepare Zulu.
He said Zulu, who last week won a gold medal in the -66kg category at the Youth Commonwealth Games in Bahamas, will resume training next week.
“Apart from the World Cadets Championship, we are also preparing him [Zulu] for other upcoming events. We want him to continue rising, winning medals at all international competitions because that is what we have been building him for,” Lipimile said.
He also said judokas Mathews Punza (-66kg), Steven Mung’andu (66kg) and Andrew Kaswanga (-81kg) are preparing well for next month’s World Senior Judo Championship in Hungary.
He is confident the trio will perform to expectation.
Racheal Masuka will compete in the -63kg women’s category.
Punza, Mung’andu and Kaswanga are in Budapest for a two-year scholarship offered by the International Judo Federation to prepare for the World Championship and 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The World Junior Cadets Championship will run from August 8 to 10 while the World Senior Championship is set for August 26 to 29.

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