The Zambian sports fraternity has been dominated by football and this is why it is very easy for many citizens of the country to name former footballers as cult heroes that mesmerized them during the heydays of their careers.
It is also important to note that the seemingly minor sports as regarded in the Zambian society have proved some notable cult heroes that have diligently represented the nation when called upon
One such sport is Judo. Judo is generally categorized as a modern Japanese martial art which has since greatly evolved into a more combat and Olympic sport
Judo was created in 1882 by a Japanese named Jigoro Kano as a physical, mental and moral pedagogy in Japan. The growth of the sport has seen it become and international an Olympic sport.
In Zambia like earlier stated, the sport is relatively minor but mostly found among the defence wing of the government. One notable cult hero in Judo in Zambia is Shapa Wakung’uma who has been great in the sport. He represented the country at a number of international Judo competitions and in 2007 at the Pan-African Games in Algiers, Algeria, He capped it off with bronze.
Shapa Wakung’uma served as president of the Zambia Judo Association and was honoured by former President Rupiah Bwezani Banda for his extraordinary exploits in Judo.
He has inspired many young boys and girls to take up Judo as a career. Notables that got an inspiration from what Shapa achieved include Matt Punza among others.
Shapa Wakung’uma’s exploits in Judo are worthy of appreciating and making the sport quite popular in a soccer mad nation like Zambia.
Since then Zambia has continued to be force to be reckoned with in Judo and that is all down to the Zambia Judo Association for building on the great exploits of One Shapa Wakung’uma