06 September 2005 | Sport
A Namibian team of four karateka competed at the tenth African senior karate championships of the Union of Africa Karate Federations (UFAK) which was held in Luanda, Angola.
Nineteen African countries attended this prestigious event, namely Angola, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Côte d\' Ivoire, Congo Brazzaville, Egypt, Gabon, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Uganda.
The Namibia team performed well although they did not win any medals.
Freddy Mwiya lost his first fight in the under 80 kg division by 1-3. In the open division he however won his first fight and lost the second by one point in the last five seconds after leading for most of the fight. Freddy\'s opponent went through and lost in the semi-final of their division.
Ace Mutelo lost his fight in the under 80 kg division. In the open division he lost his first fight against the champion which gave him another chance to fight in the second round. Although he did not win the fight, Ace fought much better in the second round.
Paul Mwiya fought very well in the under 70 kg division. He won his first fight against an Angolan. In the second fight Paul\'s opponent kicked him on the left hand which tore his ring finger ligaments. The opponent was disqualified and Paul advanced to the semifinals.
He could however not continue, since he was taken to the hospital for treatment.
Nadeem Husselman, the youngest team member, won his first fight when his opponent was disqualified in the last 30 seconds. Nadeem was 2-1 ahead when the other contestant swept him and went for the sanbon (three pointer), but knocked Nadeem out. This contestant had a previous warning (Kykoku) for excessive contact.
His second fight was against an experienced Egyptian against whom he lost the fight 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
Ace Mutelo was unlucky to draw one of the Egyptians (overall winners in the male kata divisions) in the second round. His opponent proved to be too good for him.
Nadeem Husselman narrowly lost a split decision after losing his balance during his routine.
The national coach, Sensei Valdemar Swart, is extremely proud on the performance and achievements of the team in view of the fact that they were only able to train twice as a team before the championships as a result of the long distances and high costs involved.
He further said that the team for the next championships will be nominated well in advance to allow the team to have more in-depth training before the championships.
The national referees, sensei Wikus Oberholster and sensei Gert Husselman, attended a two day UFAK referee course and did extremely well in the examination. Sensei Wikus Oberholster received Kata Judge-B and Kumite Judge-A grade while sensei Gert Husselman received a Kata Judge-A and Kumite Referee-B grade.
Sensei André Genis has once again been elected as Secretary General for UFAK, while sensei Imtiaz Abdulla of South Africa was re-elected as the UFAK President by an overwhelming majority.