Desert Storm champions remain undefeated

Kicking up a storm

29 September 2019 | Sports

Walvis Bay · Leandrea

Delano Müller and Lesley !Hoaëb retained their Sub-Saharan champion status in the featherweight and lightweight division, respectively at the Desert Storm III tournament yesterday evening.

Fifteen-year-old Müller made history in June when he became the first Namibian to win a world title belt in the featherweight division in the USA.

Müller knocked out his opponent Kyain Mupachike from Zimbabwe at the start of the first round, while !Hoaëb knocked out Stanford Gopole from Zimbabwe at the start of the second round.

“It was a very short match but I am happy I retained the title. My next move is to train harder. I am already looking forward to the next Desert Storm”, Müller said.

!Hoaëb said he will now focus on preparing for a boxing competition slated for 6 November, at the Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Centre.

In the pre-fights leading up to the main Sub-Saharan title fights, Advent Monyatsiwa from Botswana defeated Michael Smit from Namibia in a kick boxing match.

In full contact fights, Henrique Aramburu from Brazil was crowned champion after defeating Bruce Gumbo from Zimbabwe, Adrian Mathews from South Africa defeated Walter Chiteto from Zimbabwe and David Damon from South Africa defeated Alex Ilukena from Zambia. Oyitse Modukane from Botswana and Gregson Maluma from Zambia were crowned the winners after their opponents withdrew.

In three other full contact fights, Freddie van Wyk from Namibia defeated Sean Keatholetswe from Botswana, Martin Nandu from Namibia defeated Gilbert Ndlovu from Zambia and Francois de Wet from South Africa won Oliver Becker-Stauder.
In Desert Storm title fights, Pauo Nunes from Angola was victorious defeating Order Tsuma from Zimbabwe in a Muay Thai fight.

Abreu Francisco from Angola defeated Norbeit Baziyoni from Zimbabwe in a kickboxing fight.

Knowledge Nyamholu from Zimbabwe defeated David Mokoena from South Africa in a full contact Sub-Saharan title fight.

The tournament started on Friday and continued late into Saturday night.

Anita De Klerk, president of the Namibia Kickboxing Federation (NKF), said as a national body registered with the Namibian Sports Commission, the NKF uses Desert Storm as national trials for Namibian athletes to attend international events and world championships.

Fighters hailed from Brazil, Germany, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Brazil, South Africa, Swaziland and Namibia.

The tournament was sanctioned by the World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO AU) Region 5 Kickboxing Confederation.

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