Namibia finish 11th at African Junior Karate Championships

Namibia national junior karate team secured three bronze medals from African junior Karate Championships to finish 11th out of 23 countries which took place from 11 to 13 July in Gaborone Botswana.

A media statement issue on Thursday by Namibia Karate Union Public Relations Office Stefan van der Merwe said, a larger squad of athletes was selected which included the senior team but due to unforeseen circumstances many had to withdraw.

Head coach Llewellyn Manale said, he is satisfied with the team's performance as his players put up a stellar performance against great and experienced performers at a high level karate championship.

There were many outstanding performances for such a young team, we had a few setbacks and stiff competition at the event, but Team Namibia is an ever growing team. It's time to face the challenges ahead and become a fierce force to reckon with, there is definitely a bright future for all our karate out there, we have already started stepping up, said Manale.

He said the team is no longer going to Championship tournaments to just make up the numbers but they go there to compete for medals and it is a step in the right direction thus he is proud of what he have achieved and what the future holds.

The Team was delegated by Namibia Karate Union president Cornelius D'Alton with Leonard Martin as Team Manager, also accompanying the team, and Namibian Karate Officials in WikusOberholster as the Chief Referee, GertHusselmann, and Theresa Swart as Referees and Judges.

Source: Namibia Press Agency