Females: Avice Meya (Captain), Byansi Suubi, Hannat Nakimuli, Shelby Clow, Hannah Neilson, Mercedes Mwebeiha, Kirabo Namutebi
Males: Raphael Sine, Nicholas Malan, Abba Mayanja, Samora Byansi, Darren Ssamula, Adnan Kabuye, Tendo Mukalazi
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Fifteen swimmers will represent Uganda at the Cana Zone IV Swimming Championships that start tomorrow in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The team that includes last year’s open water silver medallist and USPA swimmer of the year Nicholas Malan is also the biggest Uganda has ever sent to a Zone IV event and will be coached by his Silverfin Academy coach Kezia Wairimu and captain Avice Meya.
Siblings Tendo Mukalazi and Kirabo Namutebi, who won a combined 26 of the 73 medals Uganda got at the Cana Zone III Championship in December in Rwanda also return to the Zone IV team for the first time since Angola 2015.
Adnan Kabuye, Raphael Sine, Abba Mayanja, Samora Byansi, Darren Ssamula, Byansi Suubi, Hannat Nakimuli, Shelby Clow, Hannah Nielson and Mercedes Mwebeiha complete the team that will compete with regional powerhouses like South Africa, Angola and Zambia.
While this is Uganda’s biggest team, some of the other countries that neighbor Zimbabwe will certainly send more swimmers making it hard for us to win the championship that hinges on awarding team points.
Therefore the best shot and consolation for Ugandan swimmers will be in ensuring they post better times in Bulawayo.