Judo Sport

Curtains close on judokas

STEPHEN PHIRI, Brazzaville
UZBEKISTAN-BASED Boas Munyonga was yesterday eliminated from the All-Africa Games, bringing an end to Zambia’s medal hunt in judo.
Four other judokas were sent packing 24 hours after six others were booted.
Munyonga lost to Ben Ammar of Tunisia in the -81kg category.
Munyonga took Ammar to the limit but the Tunisian prevailed in this second-round bout.
Ammar is rated first in Africa.
Munyonga beat Joseph Ochieng of Kenya in the first round at Talangai Sports Hall.
“It was a tough fight and the guy from Tunisia is rated first in Africa. I will continue working hard,” Munyonga said.
In the +90kg category, Edward Kamwandi lost to Zack Pointek of South Africa in the first round.
Agida Phiri was no match for Bilal Zouani of Algeria in the +100kg bout.
Phiri later lost to Congo Brazzaville’s Gracia Ngokaba in a quarter-final clash.
Mildred Nyondo, who fought with an ankle injury, tumbled in the first round to Nigeria’s Rita Ebere in the -78kg category while +78kg envoy Lydia Zulu lost to Lilliane Loko of Congo Brazzaville.
And National judo team coach Moola Lipimile said his charges were denied training facilities prior to the start of the competition.
“We arrived 10 days before the start of the tournament but we did not have a training venue. We lost out on training because of the poor organisation by the hosts [Congo],” Lipimile said.
The venue allocated for judo was also being used for boxing.
Lipimile said the 11 judokas could have performed to expectation if a training venue was provided.
He also called for early preparations ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
“Judo has changed; it has become dynamic and we must adopt new tactics. This should start at club level. You have seen for yourselves how tough the competition is,” he said.


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