Two students from Ugandan universities are set to participate the University Karate Championships due August 10 in Bragal, Portugal. It will be the first time the Ugandan university Karate team crosses the borders since their last attempt in 1995, which flopped due to inadequate funding.
A team of four: an official and the coach, and two participating athletes, a male and female will represent the country in the Japanese sport to compete with between 24 and 29 representatives from other participating countries.
The two athletes drawn from Makerere University Guju Kai Karate Dojo (MGKKD) are Daniel Mutembesa, a master’s student at Makerere University who has six years of experience in Karate, and Joyce Bako, a fresh graduate from Ndejje University.
“We expect to be surprised and challenged because this is our first time, but we are confident. The skill we have is impeccable and on international standard,” Mutembesa asserted.
Coach Ronald Mwanje reiterated Mutembesa’s assertions, saying the team, though small, is ready to represent the nation.
“They have been training; they know the moves. We are definitely ready.” Mwanje reassured the press.The team will set off for Portugal on August 7.