Karate champ welcomed home from Philippines

2016-12-08 06:01
PHOTO: supplied Municipal officials, the mayor and Mkhulumeli Cele’s parents welcome him home at King Shaka International Airport.

PHOTO: supplied Municipal officials, the mayor and Mkhulumeli Cele’s parents welcome him home at King Shaka International Airport.

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THE Umzumbe Municipality Mayor councillor Sizwe Ngcobo and his deputy, Councillor Londolo Zungu, Speaker Councillor Matho Shozi and Exco members Councillor Phiwokuhle Zamisa gave Mkhulumeli Cele a heroes welcome on his return from the Philippines.

Cele took part in the first karate Philippines International Weight Category Championships under 70kg division.

Umzumbe spokesperson Trevor Khanyile said in a statement that Cele flew the South African flag high above the 16 countries that participated and came first.

“Ngcobo congratulated the 31-year-old Cele from Mgayi for representing South Africa well,” said Khanyile.

“We are proud of him because he comes from Umzumbe Municipality. We are a small municipality with very big things,” said the Ngcobo.

Ngcobo said as a municipality they are not paying lip service to sports, they are on the ground supporting sportsmen and women.

“Cele said he fought four difficult fights that put him in the number one spot,” said Khanyile.

He added that Cele fought in the under 70kg category in the Kyokushinkai karate.

“This was a very tight knockout competition, if you lose a fight you are out, so I had to work very hard to be number one,” said Cele.

Khanyile said Cele said karate is not a financially sound sport, but he enjoys it.

“He said he won a trophy and gold medal and added that karate does not encourage people to do things for money,” said Khanyile.”

“Cele’s win has also qualified him to compete in Japan in April 2017.

He said he is looking forward to competing and will do his best there,” said Khanyile.

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