By SANDRA MWILA –
ZAMBIA Amateur Swimming Union (ZASU) is optimistic the local swimmers will reap medals at the 12th African Swimming Confederation (CANA) Zone Three and Four Championships slated for Uganda next month.
ZASU president David Thompson said the swimmers were undergoing some intensive training and promised that Zambia would field a strong team capable of minting medals at the Kampala Parents School Swimming pool.
“We are almost finalising with the selection of the Zambian team that will be participating in the CANA Zone Three and Four. The final team will be unveiled next week (this week),” he said of the event to be held from April 24 to 27.
He said the local swimmers were assessed during the final league gala that took place at Simba School Swimming Pool in Ndola recently where they showcased their skills.
“I am positive that we will be fielding a strong team that will represent the country adequately because the swimmers possessed some good skills during the final league gala,” he said.
Thompson said Zambia would be sending 20 athletes, five officials and two coaches for the CANA event that has attracted 14 countries in the Zone Four and nine from Zone Three.
Zambia will be participating in the Zone IV alongside Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Comoros, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland and South Africa.
Hosts Uganda, South Sudan, Somali, Tanzania, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi will be competing in the Zone Three event.