25 Aug 2019 11:10am
RABAT, 25 AUG (NAMPA) Namibian athletes competing in karate and tennis found the going tough in their opening matches at the African Games (AG) that are being held in Casablanca and Rabat, Morocco.
The karate team comprised of seven athletes started with their AG competition on Saturday but none of the athletes progressed through to the next round of the competition.
Mechelle Tjimuku, Stefan van der Merwe and Michael Nakapandi managed to get bypass in the first round of the competition but saw their dreams of qualifying to the next round cut short when they stepped onto the floor at the Olympic Stadium at the Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex.
Namakau Mwiya, Suzelle Pronk and Bryan Nakambonde were not fortunate enough to get bypass in the opening round but also saw their hopes of winning medals for Namibia fall short as their counterparts were too strong for them.
Nakambonde was the only fighter for team Namibia who managed to register a win in the individual fights at the loser section where he was relegated to when he lost his first fight after the bypass.
Nakambonde won his fight 5-4 against a Botswana opponent but went on to lose in the final face-off for a spot in the bronze medal fight against Cisse Abdou Lahad of Senegal.
The Karate team, which is being coached by Marchelle De Jager, will have their mens team fight in the teams events on Sunday.
In other sport codes the tennis team also found the going tough at the AG. Only one player managed to win a match at the tennis championships, which started on Friday.
Codie van Schalkwyk, Jean-Michel Erasmus, and Gideon van Dyk all failed to make a mark at the competition as they lost all their games in the mens singles preliminary rounds.
Linique Theron was the only athlete who won a game when she beat Beverly Matsiwe of Zimbabwe in her opening match of the womens singles preliminary round but she went on to lose her second match in the round of 16 to Lamis Salama of Egypt.
The mens team will compete in the team events on Sunday.