Local karatekas shine at All Africa Champs

Daena Naidoo, Osman Ghoor, Protea head coach Brando Pillay and Riasha Singh after the All Africa Championships in Cameroon.

Shotokan Karate International South Africa (SKISA) Proteas Riasha Singh, Osman Ghoor and Daena Naidoo all achieved hard fought podium finishes at the last weekend’s All Africa championships in Cameroon.

Umhlanga college student Osman Ghoor lost his final by a whisker and was forced to settle for a silver medal while pint size Daena Naidoo fought like a tigress to make the final, but came up against a gigantic opponent from the host country Cameroon in the final and walked away with a silver medal of her own.

Top ranked national fighter Riasha Singh was grouped among the best senior female fighters in Africa but after a bruising encounter came away with a bronze medal.

“All three number one ranked Karate South Africa (KSA) national fighters fought among the ‘best of the best’ in Africa and made our Rainbow Nation proud with their podium finishes,” said their mentor and Protea head coach Brando Pillay.

“The record breaking performance that saw Team KSA come home with a huge haul of 15 medals (three ‘All Africa’ champions included) is very encouraging and sets the tone for our KSA fighters to aim high for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo,” said South African karate legend, Sonny Pillay Hanshi (President of National Federation KSA).

All three local tournament karate fighters Singh, Ghoor and Naidoo regularly attend coaching workshops at the Tongaat sports centre under Brando Pillay.

Contact KSA at 082 557 7784 or 082 302 9504.

 

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Allan Troskie
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