Kirsty favourite to lead Team Zim­babwe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Bukhosi Man­gena

THE coun­try’s swim­ming sen­sa­tion Kirsty Coven­try is favourite to land the Team Zim­babwe’s cap­taincy for next month’s Africa Games.

The pres­ti­gious con­ti­nen­tal Games will run from Septem­ber 4-19 in Braz­zav­ille, Congo.

Coven­try, who is presently par­tic­i­pat­ing at the in­ter­na­tional swim­ming fed­er­a­tion (FINA) World Cham­pi­onships in Kazan Rus­sia and has al­ready qual­i­fied for next year’s Rio Olympic Games, has been short­listed for the cap­taincy with US- based Gabriel Mvumvure and Ngoni Makusha.

The 29-year-old Makusha who is based in Florida is the na­tional record holder in 100 me­tres with a time of 9.89sec­onds which he ob­tained in Des Moines in 2011. He is also Zim­babwe’s long jump record holder with a leap of 8.40m reg­is­tered red in 2011.

Louisiana based Mvumvure, ure, 27, has been to the in­ter­na­tional stage hav­ing par­tic­i­pated at the 2013 World Cham­pi­onships and has a per­sonal best of 9.98 sec­onds in 100m which he ranan in Mon­teverdi Florida in 2013.

Team Zim­babwe mar­ket­ingng and pub­lic­ity man­ager David Simba yes­ter­day saidd they will an­nounce the cap­tain after com­mu­ni­cat­ing ing with the suc­cess­ful in­di­vid­ual on Monday.

“The tech­ni­cal team iden­ti­fied den­ti­fied three pos­si­ble ath­letes for the cap­taincy and nd they are wind­ing that up. I’m sure by Monday, on­cece they’ve com­mu­ni­cated with the prospec­tive cap­tainn they will an­nounce the skip­per’s name,” Simba said.

Sixty lo­cal based Team Zim­babwe mbabwe ath­letes will be go­ing into camp from Au­gust ugust 27-31 be­fore leav­ing for Braz­zav­ille e which is play­ing host to the 11th edi­tion­di­tion of the Africa Games.

Team Zim­babwe is made up of 100 ath­letes and 20 of­fi­cials.als. The 40 for­eign based ath­letes es will fly di­rect to Braz­zav­ille.

The coun­try will be rep­re­sented in 11 sport­ing codes – ath­let­ics, beach vol­ley­ball, cy­cling, foot­bal­lall (men), gym­nas­tics, judo, karate,arate, swim­ming, ten­nis, taek­won­dondo and sport for peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties.

Last month, ten­nis play­er­sy­ers who will rep­re­sent Zim­babwe in the men’s cat­e­gory Takanyi Garanganga, Ben­jamin Lock and Mark Fynn raised the coun­try’s medal hopes at the con­ti­nen­tal Games fol­low­ing im­pres­sive wins against Moldova in the Davis Cup Euro-Africa Zone II play-off.

The women’s ten­nis team is made up of Valerie Bhunu, Ru­faro Chireva and Pauline Chawafam­bira.

The na­tional men’s bas­ket­ball team will be mak­ing their maiden ap­pear­ance at a con­ti­nen­tal meet while the Young War­riors who knocked out African soc­cer pow­er­house Cameroon are also medal hope­fuls.

Some of the ath­letes that will rep­re­sent the coun­try are cy­cling duo of He­len Mitchell and Skye David­son, Philip Ru­fasha (taek­wondo), the pair of Lazarus Ar­u­fandika and Sid­ney Chib­wayi (judo) and karate quar­tet of In­no­cent Gaini, Win­stone Nyan­hete, Ger­ald Muhusha and Nesu Hlahla.

Kirsty Coven­try

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