Sport
Team Uganda in good shape for Cross-country
Publish Date: Mar 14, 2014
Team Uganda in good shape for Cross-country
Uganda’s women senior teams train at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds yesterday. Photos By Michael Nsubuga
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By James Bakama

Africa Cross-country Championship (Sunday, 2pm)

Open: Sh5,000/=

Pavilion: Sh10,000/=

VIP: Sh100,000/=

COACHES Gordon Ahimbisibwe and Raphael Kasajja were smiling with satisfaction as the national cross-country team completed morning training at the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds yesterday.

“We are going for gold,” said Ahimbisibwe adding “the team is in superb form. They are focused and most important, there are no injuries.”

This optimism has been further boosted by what Kasajja describes as a “good and generally flat course that should further improve performance. Expect some very fast times.”

The mood can’t be better as Team Uganda, captained by multiple medalist Moses Kipsiro, seeks to break Kenya’s dominance in Africa’s top cross-country event.

Kipsiro as usual was reserved but teenager Phillip Kipyego summed up the mood in the camp “bring on Ethiopia and Kenya. We are ready for battle.”

The squad of 28 concluded three weeks of high altitude training in Bukwo on Wednesday.

They are currently staying at Imperial Royale Hotel.

Ahimbisibwe described the Bukwo training as very effective.

“We not only have loads of stamina, but we have also seriously worked on speed.”

Ethiopia and Kenya have always beaten Uganda on the big stage because of better speed in the final meters.

“That’s something we have addressed,” said a confident Ahimbisibwe, who is best remembered as the coach who was by Stephen Kiprotich’s side as he won gold at the 2012 London Olympics marathon.

Meanwhile Africa Athletics Confederation officials started arriving on Tuesday.

Teams also began arriving yesterday with Madagascar, Botswana, Comoros, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Gabon the first to jet in last evening.

Most of the teams will arrive today.

The only countries coming tomorrow will be Guinea, Cameroon and Nigeria.

By yesterday the Kololo course was being worked on. Faustino Kiwa, who is in charge of the course, said tartan will be laid today on a 186 meter stretch of concrete.

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Who will take the 2013/2014 Rugby MVP award?
Kobs’ winger Justin Kimono may be the most popular rugby player of this generation but that doesn’t hand him the Most Valuable Player award for the 2013/2014....
South Africa
South Africa's Olympic 800m runner Mbulaeni Mulaudzi has been killed in a car crash...
Rugby clubs scramble for players ahead of league kick-off
The scramble for players has taken centre stage as the 2014/2015 Nile Special Premier Rugby League kicks off next on November 1, 2014....
Boniface Kiprop targets Beijing World championships
Former Commonwealth and World Junior 10000m champion Boniface Kiprop has said that he has fully recovered from the muscle injury that has kept him off the track for over five years and his target is to win a medal at next year’s IAAF World Athletics championships in Beijing....
Uganda scrapes past Singapore by one run
Jonathan Ssebanja kept his calm, picking two wickets, including facilitating a run-out on the last ball as he guided Uganda to a one run victory over Singapore....
FUFA Big League results
Kireka United continued their impressive start to the season with a 2 - 0 win against home side Wandegeya in the FUFA Big League at Kiteezi grounds on Thursday....
Should diplomatic passports issued to ex-govt workers be with drawn?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter