Olympic medal hopeful Magdalena Moshi, is among 19 swimmers, who have been selected to represent Tanzania at the Africa Swimming Open Championships set for Nairobi, Kenya from September 10 to 15.
Moshi, who is currently in London with the ‘Team Tanzania’ ready for the 2012 Olympics Games set to open on July 27 to August 12, will roll over to yet another busy business soon after the quadrennial games as she will join the rest of the team for Nairobi event.
The Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) on Wednesday released names of 19 swimmers both male and female set to represent the country in Nairobi. The team will be accompanied to Nairobi by two officials in the championships which will bring together Africa’s finest in the aquatic.
TSA Technical Director Marcelino Galinoma named the female swimmers as Magdalena Moshi, Mariam Foum, Ashna Tanna, Gouri Kotecha and Neena Patel. The male swimmers are Jamal Talib, Mophat Oswald, Issa Rashid, Nassoro Salmini, Omari Abdalla, Michael Mathias, Adam David Kitururu, Hilal Hilal, Ammar Ghadiyali, Hines Msingo, Aliasger Karimjee, Patrick Kimimba, Gourav Kotecha and Adil Bhurmal.
“We expect Magdalena (Moshi) to excel in London Olympics and cap it up with victory at Africa championship…we also do hope that the rest of the pack will perform wonders in the Nairobi event,” he said. However, the TSA official said they are in need of at least 44m/-, to facilitate the team’s smooth participation in the championships.
He requested the public, private and individuals to come forward to support the team. He said each country will be required to field two swimmers in each event. Over 15 countries are expected to take part in the championships, which will be held at the renovated Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, after Shengli Construction Company finished its renovation work of the pool in March.
Kenya will have a squad of 23 for the Africa championships. Bigwigs South Africa and Egypt will be the teams to beat as the East African nations seek to stamp their authority at their territory. Other Countries expected to compete are Seychelles, Congo Brazzaville, Burundi, Algeria, Tunisia, Cameroon, Nigeria, DRC, Botswana, Rwanda, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
Source Tanzania Daily News