Makusha grateful

Shelly Guni

Sprinting sensation Ngoni Makusha has described his 2022 season as a fruitful year.

The 2020 Olympian won bronze at this year’s Africa Senior Championships held in Mauritius in June.

The team was made up of Makusha, Dickson Kamungeremu, Denzel Simusialela and Tapiwa Makarawu.

“2022 has been a year with ups and downs,” Makusha told Review and Mail.

“I achieved some of the goals and didn’t achieve some. But the most positive thing is I finally won a medal at the African Senior Championships after a third try. Otherwise, it has been a good year with lots of lessons.”

Makusha was part of the 4x100m relay team that competed in the final at the same championships in 2018, in Nigeria. The other members were Dickson Kapandura, Tatenda Tsumba and Leon Tafirenyika.

They finished fourth, missing out on the podium.

Makusha said his other highlights this year includes making it to the semi-final of the 100m and 200m respectively.

“I also ran my second fastest time in the 200m.”

He was however disappointed that he failed to qualify for the World Championships.

“I was looking forward to qualifying for the world championship but I didn’t make it”

Makusha is looking forward to a great 2023 season as he has since set his sights on the 2024 Paris Olympics.

“The plan is always to improve performance in terms if times, qualifying for the World’s and African Games and obviously go for podium finish

“The long term goal is to make a second appearance at the Olympics in 2024

So 2023 will be part of that journey.”

Meanwhile, Makusha believes athletics is heading towards the right direction but feels there is need to pay attention to the facilities.

“In some cases we are heading in the right direction then of course in some areas we need to improve if we are to be competitive at the highest stage.

“That’s one thing that needs urgent attention: our sporting infrastructure is not up to standard, we cannot even run qualifying times in our own country, we have to run in other countries which is expensive.

“We still lagging behind in terms of infrastructure as compared to other countries like Botswana, South Africa and even Zambia. We also have better facilities than we have in terms of running tracks.

“And that is disadvantageous to us in terms of performance and what we will be trying to achieve.

“I am just appealing to the responsible authorities to sort that out because for example if you want to qualify for a major event, I will have to go to South Africa or Botswana for me to be able to qualify, and that will be a huge disadvantage,” he said.

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