NAAZ president targets Africa Junior Championships success

The National Athletics Association of Zimbabwe president Tendai Tagara is expecting positive results from the 50-member squad that will participate at the Africa Junior Championships.

The regional competition kicks off tomorrow and will run until May 3 at the Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Zambia.

The athletes will compete in the under-18 and Under-20 categories.

“Our main target is for the team to reach the semi-finals and the finals and of course having medalists especially from the core team that was at the Region 5 Games in Malawi. I’m happy the team is quite big and we hope to have more athletes next year,” Tagara said.

Erick Wela, Faith Dube, and Aaron Whyte are in charge of the sprints, while Shadreck Chatunga and McGregor Manhuwa are in charge of the jumps and throws. Tawanda Matunhu, a former long distance runner, is in charge of the middle and long distance trainers.

The team was camping at Allan Wilson School prior to their departure yesterday.

“Our team has been camping in Harare and they left this morning (yesterday) Lusaka and will be flown from Lusaka to Ndola. Our hope was to have 60 athletes but some of them didn’t qualify though we did our best to make sure that our athletes qualify,” Tagara said.  “The coming back of NASH national championships and the successful hosting of the National Junior Championships made the selection very competitive and made us realise that we are in the right direction.

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