Zambian MMA fighters make mark at African Championships

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DOMINANT victories and a touch of controversy coloured the return of the Zambian MMA team from the African Championships in Windhoek, Namibia.

The team secured a triumphant homecoming with a five medals, with Zambia leaving the competition as number on the medals table

Leading the charge was Gilbert Ndlovu, who unleashed a flurry of punches and kicks on his opponents.

The 25 year old fighter first secured a unanimous decision win against Egypt’s Amro Abdeen, then dominated Chile’s Grécio Lopez with a fight-ending submission, clinching gold!

“I just want to say thank you to my team for the training and skills they have helped me develop over the months. Thanks to MMA Zambia for selecting me to be part of the great team,” he said.

Miracle Chipito wasn’t far behind, showcasing her talent and grit in the Senior Women’s Flyweight division.

It was a close fight with her skill charming the majority of spectators, except the judges.

A debatable decision was arrived, denying Chipito gold in her final fight as she settled for a silver medal while winning the people’s hearts.

IMMAF Africa Director and head of Africa, Raymond Phillips presented her with the silver medal, acknowledging the 27 year old as one of the top fighters in her division.

Killian Lungu faced a tough blow with an injury that forced him to forfeit his fight but managed to walk away with a bronze medal.

Mutinta Mweene and Abraham Banda also added to the medal haul with a bronze in the Featherweight category and a silver in the Bantamweight category, respectively.

This win is not just about medals – it’s a massive boost for Zambian MMA. The fighters have ignited a fire of inspiration, proving their mettle on the international stage. The MMAZ team looks unstoppable as they set their sights on future glory!

By Elesani Phiri

Kalemba June 4, 2024

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