NAMIBIA’S fighters are putting in the work ahead of their 2022 International Mixed Martial Arts Federation World Championships debut in February next year, says trainer Carlos de Sousa.
Speaking to Desert Radio recently, the Sousa Mixed Martial Arts Studio founder said his charges are keen to put on a good show in Belgrade, Serbia, where the global spectacle starts on 12 February.
“It will be the first time for Team Namibia to compete in the IMMAF World Championship competing in the main events. We have great athletes and it will be history in the making,” said De Sousa.
The fighters are going through an intense and rigorous training program to ensure peak competitiveness.
“I am extremely happy. The guys are ready for the showdown. We are good to go to Serbia and compete against the best in the world with the objective of bringing home nothing but gold medals,” De Sousa said.
Namibia has a competitive, talented and quality team that has been preparing on the MMA circuit in South Africa throughout the year, De Sousa said.
“Unfortunately, we missed the one from Zambia because of paper work, but we are good to show the world what we are made of,” said the former two-time MMA world champion.
“The whole year we have been getting ready for the world championships. That was the game plan from day one, competing in the African Games and GSC events in South Africa.”
After his stunning gold at the African Championships, Veja Hinda is expected to shake up the world order in Serbia. He has attracted admiring glances from the Cagebound Fighting Championship (CFC) in the USA.
“They are really after him, not that we have turned them down but first Hinda must do the IMMAF World Championships. After that, we will discuss the contract terms and conditions offered by CFC for his pro-debut,” noted De Sousa.
Similarly, much is expected of Geraldo Bok in Serbia after bringing home a bronze medal from the continental competition.
The team also consists of Eduardo Platt, Damian Muller, Arno Jacobs, Ronaldo Feris and Stefan Gilge.
“We are determined to take the fight to Serbia and our objective as Team Namibia is to bring home a gold medal. The world championships is a huge event with the event set to take place at the 50,000-capacity Stark arena,” said De Sousa.
The fighters will go on recess over the Christmas period before reporting for the final five-week training camp on January 3.
“The world championship is different [from what they are used to]. Many countries will come to compete and our fighters must get used to the large crowds and the hostility of the championships.
Meanwhile, Namibia has received requests from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Angola and South Africa to have their fighters put up a training camp in Windhoek.