This is a very touching story about heroes and potential heroes in Sudan...
It started at the Capital Radio 91.6FM show in Khartoum, I had an interview with Munir who hosts a show there on Fitness and Health, right up my alley for those who don't know my background I started in competitive Track and Field and then to fitness. Immediately we clicked and Munir asked if I'd like to do a Talk with his youth MMA fighters that he coaches, I was nervous and hesitant at first but thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Sudannesse youth culture.
Let me give a quick background on Munir. He's not your typical human being. Born Sudannesse and raised American while married at an incredibly young age only to come back to Sudan and then be raised on a farm with his family, this young man has ambitions to help the youth of Africa realize their potential and become the great leaders that Africa so much deserves. Munir along with his friends and family decided to start MMA classes in Khartoum. At first they would train on muddy grounds where dust storms and rain would ruin their sessions. Slowly over time progress was made to build a training center with their own pennies and labour. Now the first and only MMA center in all of Sudan called Muqatel Training Center is here because of Munir's vision. I was astounded at how well put together facility was, it's a must see if you visit Khartoum.
Munir picked me up on his motorcycle to get to his training centre the next day. The facility gleamed with hope and aspirations. I was honoured and grateful to just witness this. Before I even started my talk kids asked a million questions that adults usually never ask. They typically want to know the essence of where true courage comes from, how can they achieve and overcome fear. I always tell them, it comes from passion, knowledge and application, sometimes not in that order but always together.
The youths and the coaches at Muqatel Training Center were warm-felt, It was an emotional experience for me. I like to see Africa rise, there is so much potential in this massive continent that is due to reach 4 billion people in as little as 50 years. There needs to be sustainable city projects and education plans in order to feed the mouths of these new people who will eventually become participants on the growth of humanity.
I believe in this project 100 percent and wish I could support with what ever I have. My witness and testimony is my strongest tool, if you can help support the coaches and young athletes at Muqatel Training Center please do so. The money will go to their continued maintenance, travelling for MMA competitions as to help put Sudan on the map of athletics and mixed martial arts.
Here is how you can contact/support:
Contact: Munir Mohammad (Coach and founder)
Phone: +249 91 673 0589 (Sudan)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MuqatelCenter/
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