Two cat­e­gories for lo­cal squad in African Road Champs

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - By Sibu­siso Masilela

– The cy­cling na­tional team will only com­pete in two cat­e­gories dur­ing the up­com­ing 2019 African Road Cham­pi­onships slated for at Ad­dis Ababa, Ethiopia, next month.

The na­tional side will only com­pete in the in­di­vid­ual time trial, the road race and not the newly in­tro­duced team time trial.

The five days com­pe­ti­tion will run from 13-19 Fe­bru­ary.

Eswa­tini Cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion (ECA) Pres­i­dent Sih­langu Nh­la­batsi con­firmed the devel­op­ments yes­ter­day.

“We will only take part in two cat­e­gories at the African Cham­pi­onships and will miss out on the team time trial be­cause it is still rel­a­tively new,” he said.

He added that the coaches were still work­ing on the pro­gramme for the na­tional squad.

CY­CLING

“We will an­nounce all lo­gis­tics of the Games once we re­ceive a for­mal cor­re­spon­dence from the Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Cy­cling (CAC),” he said.

Two of the mem­bers of the team Muzi Sha­bangu and Gcina Banda com­peted in the in­di­vid­ual time trial dur­ing the pre­vi­ous edi­tion of the show­piece held in Ki­gali, Rwanda, in April last year. THE SQUAD Muzi Sha­bangu MTN Khe­mani Gcina Banda Dig Deep Mduduzi Zwane MTN Khe­mani Sihle Dlamini Dig Deep) Sim­ilo Ny­oni MTN Khe­mani Lun­gelo Mlan­geni MTN Khe­mani Sicelo Phiri MTN Khe­mani

READY: Cy­clists Gcina Banda, Mduduzi Zwane and Muzi Sha­bangu in ac­tion dur­ing the African Road Cham­pi­onships in Ki­gali, Rwanda, last year.

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