NAMIBIA'S Delano Müller and Giano Alcock won gold at the recent United Arab Emirates Jiu Jitsu national pro championship in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In so doing, the fighters, including Lesley Hoaeb, who placed fifth in two categories, qualified to represent Namibia at the South African championships set for Cape Town between 2 and 3 March 2019.
The Namibian trio cemented their UAEJJF ranking, which is used to determine qualification for fighters' entries and seeding in all championships.
Held on 1 and 2 December, the pro championship, open to all nationalities and belts, is part of the United Arab Emirates Jiu-Jitsu Federation (UAEJJF) world ranking, and Abu Dhabi world professional Jiu-Jitsu qualifying series.
South Africa, Brazil, Angola, Namibia, Japan and the DR Congo are regulars at these competitions.
Given their exploits abroad in recent times, expectations were naturally high for the Namibians this past weekend.
More-so for Hoaeb and Müller, who dominated and made history in June during their tour to the USA and Brazil, where they became the first African students to win internationally. At the Azambuja International, both claimed first places, with Müller second and Hoaeb third at the Gladiator International. They then topped the podium in Sport Jiu-Jitsu at the Battle of Atlanta.
In the end, Müller and Alcock won their events, while Hoaeb could only manage fifth in both his events.