DAR ES SALAAM: PREPARATION for the All-Africa Games is in full swing as Athletics Tanzania (AT) has named 15 athletes for the national athletics teams which enter residential camp today ahead of the games.
The 13th games are scheduled to start in the capital city of Accra from 8th to 24th March this year and will expect to draw thousands of athletes, officials, and spectators from across the continent including Tanzania.
AT Secretary General, Jackson Ndaweka said that preparations were in top gear as the team selected for the games will commence residential camp today at Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), Olmotonyi Branch, Ngaramtoni in Arusha Region.
Ndaweka named eight men athletes named for the national team ready to prepare for the Accra showdown as Twahir Haji Ame, Peter Gidoska, Josephat Gisemo, Samir Sululu, Mao Hando, John Wele, Ally Gulamu and Gasisi Geagase
While female national team members include Mwanaamina Mkwayu, Transfora Musa, Anastazia Dolomongo, Winfrida Makenji, Elizabeth Ilanda, Hamida Nassoro, and Neema Kisuda.
According to the Secretary-General, the team will be under coaches Maselina Gwandu, Francis Nade, Alfredo Shahanga, and Makame Hassan Juma.
Ndaweka added that all members of the team were in good health and fit and hoped the month-long camp would make them even better ready for the tough duel ahead of them as the games will draw top runners across the continent.
“Thanks to the government we managed to set up the camp, AT officials have already paid a visit to the camp to ensure it suits the team preparation standards for smooth preparation, athletes are motivated and looking forward to stealing games show,” he noted.
Gisemo (32) will enter the camp to prepare for the game fresh from winning the 39th race of Kings, in Brazil last month. The athlete completed the 10km course by clocking 30 minutes and 32 seconds.
Mao Hando and Hamida Nassoro have also good memories after they conquered the Cross Country 10km in the men’s category and female 5km at the race held recently in Arusha.