16 compete in African Youth Championships


ENLITHA Ncube will lead a 16-member team to represent Zimbabwe in this year African Youth Championships to be held in Mauritius on April 23 to 26.


Ncube was selected for the 800m race and she will be expected to use the experience she has gained in other international events.

Ncube represented the country in the Confederation of School Sport Association of Southern Africa (Cossasa) games and World Junior Championships last year.

Nyasha Sithole was selected in the 400m hurdles, Nomatter Kapfudzaruwa in 400m race and Kiana Paige Lees in 100m and 200m races.

In the boys’ team, Zimbabwe will look up to Shingirai Hlanguyo for the 100m race. Hlanguyo is a South African-based athlete who represented the country in African Juniors Championships that were held beginning of the month in Ethiopia.

Naaz director of youths, head coach, Briad Nhubu said their major aim of sending the athletes to Mauritius was to give them an opportunity to experience athletics competitions at a higher level.

“We are sending them to gain experience and we hope some of them will qualify for the World Youth Championships in Colombia scheduled for July,” he said.

The five girls and boys will begin a one-week camp in Harare from April 10 to 17 ahead of the Africa Youth Championships before leaving for Mauritius on April 21.

Zim team
Girls: Enlitha Ncube (800m), Nyasha Sithole (400m hurdles), Nomatter Kapfudzaruwa (400m), Kiana Paige Lees (100m, 200m)

Boys: Shingirai Hlanguyo, Samuel Tapera (100m) Rutendo Simupere, Godknows Mthethwa (200m), Wonder Walizani, Leon Tafirenyika (400m), Clement Dzikiti (800m), Godwin Moyo (1500m), Munyaradzi Chatenga (High Jump), Fadzai Mushonga (High Jump/ long Jump)