A 24-member strong Zimbabwe athletics team will leave the country today ahead of the Southern Region Cross Country Championships slated for Lesotho on Saturday.
REPORT BY KENNETH NYANGANI
The team was selected at the National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe (NAAZ) inter-provincial cross country championships held at Alan Lowry Golf club in Redcliff recently.
Seasoned athlete Olivia Chitate who, won the 8km senior women’s race in Kwekwe, will carry the nation’s hopes together with Sithulisiwe Zhou who came second in the same category.
Others who are expected to do well are Enlita Ncube from Midlands who put up a commendable performance in Midlands in the 6km juniors category and also the battle-hardened Isaac Mpofu from Bulawayo who will take part in the seniors category.
The country will be represented in both female and male categories in junior and senior races.
NAAZ president Tendai Tagara said most of the athletes in the squad are battle-hardened, adding that he was expecting good performance from the athletes.
“All the athletes are expected to meet in Bulawayo tomorrow (today) before they proceed to Lesotho by bus and they will reach their destination on Thursday (tomorrow) and probably taking a rest on Friday,” he said.
“l am happy that most of the athletes are battle-hardened and some of the them have been representing the country in the last few years, so we expect them to perform better and l am very optimistic that they are going to perform well,” added Tagara.
Team Zimbabwe Senior men 12kmIsaac Mpofu, Jacob Mugomeri, Spencer Kisimisi. George Mujaji, Emmanuel Mboti, Marshal JajiSenior Women 8km
Olivia Chitate, Sithulisiwe Zhou, Constance Nyasango, Helen Chiundo, Nobukhosi Dube, Precious Makaza Junior Women 6km: Enlita Ncube, Caroline Mhandu, Moline Dangirwa, Rutendo Kanda, Cynthia Akim, Ephiphenis Kusuba Junior men 8km: Simbarashe Taderera, Wellington Vareni, Casper Kokera, Titus Nyathi, Tendai Zimuto, Nyasha Mutsetse