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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Swimmers flop in Mozambique

30th April 2012

The national swimming team performed poorly during the just ended ninth edition of the CANA zone three and four championship which held in Mozambique.

The team ended at the bottom of the thirteen countries competed at the games held at Zimpeto swimming pools in Maputo.

The country was represented by fourteen swimmers who managed to collect paltry five medals comprising one silver medal and four other bronzes.

Tanzania Swimming Federation (TSA) secretary general Noel Kiunsi could not say anything when asked to comment on results.

Leader of delegation Marcelino Ngalioma who is also TSA technical director could not respond to a telephone call.

According to CANA zone four and three official results, South Africa emerged champion by collecting a total number of 74 medals and were followed by Botswana with a collection of 44 medals.

Other countries that collected medals are

Namibia 46, Zimbabwe 27, Mauritius 24, Kenya had 42, Mozambique 52, Zambia 13, Malawi 9 and Angola 9.

Kenya and Mozambique collected few gelds and many silver and bronze medals the development which affected their grades at the final standings.

The fourteen swimmers who made the trip were Sonia Tomiotto of Stringrays swimming club, Agnes Kimimba of Tanzania Marine Swimming Club, Alizee Bollen, Anna Pityilla of Isimilo Club, Hilal Hilal, Adam Kitururu, Rachael Patel, Sakuta Ito and Ayas Shivji both from Tallis Swimming Club.

Others were Shaamrad Magesveran of Hopac club, Mariam Foum from College of Egypt, Gouri Kotecha from Nairobi, Adil Bharmal and Mubanga Peepercorn who are not attached to any club.

The team was under coaches Alex Mwaipasi and Geoffrey Kimimba.

Before the swimmers departed last Sunday Marcelino informed the media that the national team is leaving early for the games so that they can acclimatise with the Mozambique weather and remained optimistic over their performance.

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