Changata will become the first Zimbabwean kick boxer to represent the country at such a high level of competition as kickboxing in Zimbabwe is still making inroads on the international front.
Changata is still unbeaten in Zimbabwe since winning a bronze medal at the 2007 All Africa Games in Algiers, Algeria, and is also rated the third top kickboxer on the African continent.
Recently he won the Independence Trophy which drew 28 contestants from the four corners of the country and Zimbabwe Kickboxing Association president Tony Kamangira is confident Changata will make the country proud at the global sporting competition. Kamangira said they have identified Changata for the World Cup as they see him as the brightest medal prospect Zimbabwe has at any world championship.
In fact, Changata has run out of opponents in Zimbabwe and will travel to South Africa to prepare fully for the rigours and pressure associated with participating at the World Cup. Kamangira said they have also entered Changata in a series of international competitions and mostly in South Africa due to financial constraints to keep him in shape for the international kickboxing extravaganza.
Kamangira said they were also looking for sponsors to assist Changata in his preparations as them alone will not be able to meet the financial demands required to compete at such a competition as the World Cup.
Changata is hoping to emulate the achievements of karateka sensei Samson Muripo who in 2009 shocked all and sundry by winning the World kyokushin karate title in Osaka, Japan. By doing so, Muripo became the first ever African world karate champion in contact karate. Prior to Muripo’s milestone achievement, only Switzerland, Japan, Brazil and Russia had won the karate championship since its inception in 1975.
If he succeeds, Changata will draw attention to the existence of kickboxing in Zimbabwe as the sport does not have much following and more importantly is battling to get international recognition.