Zetech bags gold in Karate national tournament
The Zetech University Karate team secured an admirable win in the Gojuryu open 2019 tournament, with teams from all over the country battling for the top prize in the national contest. The Varsity took home six gold medals, two silvers and two bronze medals for their players featuring in various categories in the KATA and KUMITE games.
The University’s team captain and IT student Julius Muya was the man of the day after snatching two Gold medals in the Novice men KATA and KUMITE categories. Muya scooped the gold medal, beating fellow comrade Michael Ngaruya and Steve Romanio of the Kenya Prisons in the KATA Novice category, during the competition held at the Utalli College. His second gold came after a showdown in the Junior KATA men’s category after he beat Charles Yogo from the Administration Police karate team and his fellow student Michael Ngaruiya who won the bronze medal.
In the Senior KATA category, Zetech’s Collins Otieno eased his way to the top with a thrilling demonstration that saw Sam Kinyua of the Karate Axiom settle for second place and Technical University of Kenya’s John Thuo awarded the number three medal.
In the ladies KUMITE games, Kenya Prisons stole the show, securing the the top three spots; Rose Wanjiku took home the top prize, with Stella Musyoka and Mary Wanjiku winning silver and bronze respectively.
Beaming after taking home the coveted awards, Zetech’s Julius Muya attributed his victories to hard work, tactful approaches and discipline,
“It was a tough tournament competing against seasoned teams from different Counties. I believe what worked for me was hard work, discipline and consistency in training, as well as my passion for karate.” shared Muya, who has his eyes set on joining the national team.
On his part, team Coach Martin Ndegwa lauded his team for being consistent in preparing for the tournament and giving their best during those two days of intense competition, “I am proud of my team and the drive to excel in national tournaments. They did well considering they competed against strong teams including the Kenya Prisons and AP teams as well as experienced clubs.
Our focus now is preparing for the Inter-county championships planned for 29th and 30th June in Nakuru where all counties and clubs will be featured.” said Ndegwa.