IT was a weekend of sweat and hard work, when young karate sensation Freddy Mwiya junior wrapped up his preparations for the upcoming Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa (ANOCA) Youth Games, pencilled from 19 to 28 July in Algiers, Algeria.
Freddy Mwiya (senior), who doubles as Mwiya junior’s trainer told Confidente this week that the karate sensation was assisted by world-renowned sensei and African karate champion Shakes Bakwati, who arrived in Namibia on Friday to put the final touches to the preparations.
Mwiya said Bakwadi is Africa’s best ranked karate champion and a former kumite champion. “The training was so intense that Bakwati also assisted 22 other karatekas, including two young female karatekas, Michelle Tjimuku and Myvone Swarts, who wrapped up their preparations,” said Mwiya.
The coach expressed confidence in the talent of Mwiya junior and that he expects medals from the continental showdown.
“As a parent I am extremely happy with his preparations, you know we had to bring in Bakwati who has been assisting Mwiya junior since last year. It’s a good thing that the coach from Botswana assisted our two girls,” said Mwiya. “I am confident in his ability to deliver and more so he started competing when he was nine-years old, so I won’t be surprised if he brings home the needed medals,” said the proud father. Team Namibia Chef de Mission and Sport Commissioner, Peter Wilson, said Namibia will send a delegation of 83, comprised of 57 athletes, 11 coaches and team managers and officials, to the Algiers Youth Games.
The second edition of the ANOCA Youth Games hosted in Gaborone, Botswana in 2014 was dominated by South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria respectively. Namibia brought home four gold, five silver and five bronze medals from the event that featured 2000 athletes from 51 countries, competing in 21 sport codes.
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