A STRONG 16-member national athletics cross-country team is set to leave the country today ahead of Southern Africa Region Cross country Championships slated for Malawi this Saturday.
BY KENNETH NYANGANI
The team, which will travel by road, was selected at the National Cross-Country Championships held in Kadoma last weekend.
The country will be represented by four athletes in the women and men senior and junior category respectively.
In the senior men’s 12km category, seasoned athlete Munyaradzi Jari, who won the national cross-country in Kadoma, will lead a talented cast of runners such as Jacob Mugomeri, Nkosiyazi Sibanda and Blessing Whyson in the category.
Olivia Chitate, who clinched this year’s national title in Kadoma, will lead Zimbabwe in the senior women’s 8km category together with fellow experienced runners such as Constance Nyasango, Patience Murove and Caroline Mhandu.
One of the country’s most promising junior middle distance runners Enlitha Ncube will be tasked to lead the country in the junior women’s 6km category together with the likes of Tariro Madzivire, Anna Bungu and Marian Pfumbidzai.
The quartet of Conscious Hwenjere, Hlalani Ngwenya, Titus Nyathi and Bismark Ndlovu will challenge for tops in the junior men’s 8km.
In an interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday National Athletics Assocation of Zimbabwe president Tendai Tagara said he was confident the team would to raise the country’s flag high in Malawi.
“We are sending a very strong team and we are hopeful that they are going to bring many medals,” Tagara said.
The event is expected to bring together athletes from Lesotho, Mauritius, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and hosts Malawi.