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.
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’s senior and junior categories.
In the seniors men’s 12km category seasoned athlete Munyaradzi Jari who won the national cross-country in Kadoma, will lead a talented cast of runners — Jacob Mugomeri, Nkosiyazi Sibanda and Blessing Whyson.
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 Constance Nyasango, Patience Murove and Caroline Mhandu.
One of the country’s most promising junior middle-distance athletes, Enlitha Ncube, will be tasked to lead the country in the junior women’s 6km category together with Tariro Madzivire, Anna Bungu and Marian Pfumbidzai.
Conscious Hwenjere, Hlalani Ngwenya, Titus Nyathi and Bismark Ndlovu will challenge for top honour in the junior men’s 8km.
In an interview with our sister paper NewsDay Sport yesterday National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe president Tendai Tagara said he was confident the team would 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,” he said.
The event is expected to bring together athletes from Lesotho, Mauritius, the Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and hosts Malawi.