Timothy Toroitich will captain team Uganda on home soil Credit: IAAF
[/media-credit] Timothy Toroitich will captain team Uganda on home soil Credit: IAAF

Team Uganda for the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships due March 26 at Kololo Independence Ceremonial Ground, Kampala has been named.

Experienced Timothy Toroitich will captain Uganda’s team that has 28 athletes.

Emily Chebet is the assistant captain and women captain.

World and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich as well as 2014 World Junior 10000m and 2015 Africa Cross Country Junior champion Joshua Cheptegei  are also on the team that has a number of  Uganda’s best runners.

Dorcus Ajok has been fixed in the mixed relay team where she will team up with Ronald Musagala, Winnie Nanyondo and Geoffrey Ruto, paving away for an extra space in the Senior Women category taken by Emily Chebet.

The national squad has been in two months residential  training in Bukwo and Kapchorwa  under the watchful eye of a technical team led by  Benjamin Longiross (Head Coach), Francis  Demayi  (Assistant Head Coach), Benjamin Njia (Assistant Coach), Grace Chesang (Coach) and  Peter Chelangat (Team Manager).

Uganda has been represented four-times in the prestigious World Cross Country championship.

Team Uganda

U-20: Women   Peruth Chemutai,  Esther Chekwemoi, Sarah  Chelangat, Janat Chemusto, Adha Munguleya, Scallet Chemos

U-20 Men  Jacob Kiplimo, Titus Kwemoi Given, Victor Kiplangat, Elisha Chemutai,  Kevin Kibet,  Mathew Chekwurui  Reserve  Anthony Ayeko and   Abel Chebet.

Senior Women Mercyline Chelangat, Racheal Zena Chebet, Chesang Stella,  Chesang Doreen,  Doreen Chemutai, Chebet Emilly  Reserve Chebet  Annet

Senior Men:  Joshua Kipurui Cheptegei, Phillip Kipkeko, Abdalla Kibet Mande, Timothy Toroitich,  Stephen Kiprotich,  Stephen Kissa Reserve Fred Musobo and  Mande Bushendich

Mixed Relays:  Nanyondo Winnie, Ruto  Geoffrey  Kipkorir,  Ajok Dorcus, Musagala Ronald and Reserve Chebet  Esther   and  Abu Mayanja.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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