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Team SA ready to dominate at Region V Games

by ZwemZa on December 6th, 2018

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Following a long and high-spirited journey, Team SA have arrived in Gaborone, Botswana, for the 2018 Africa Union Sport Council Region V Games, set to take place from Friday until 16 December.

Team SA comprises 220 athletes from nine sporting codes, namely athletics (including visually impaired), basketball, boxing, football, judo, netball, swimming, tennis and volleyball, with the bulk of the squad coming from athletics, football, netball and swimming.

The South African national flag was raised on Thursday morning to welcome Team SA to the Athletes’ village situated at the University of Botswana, just in time before the official opening ceremony to be held on Friday at the Botswana National Stadium.

Unfortunately, upon arrival the team were faced with logistical issues, as it transpired that accommodation for Team SA was not yet completely finalised.

Team SA was set to be accommodated at the University, however, some of the allocated rooms were not ready, as the students had not yet vacated their rooms.

The management team is doing its best to resolve the situation at the moment. SASCOC president Gideon Sam has been in touch with the SA High Commission in Botswana to intervene should this matter not be resolved by lunchtime on Thursday.

To kick start the Games, football, judo and tennis will commence on Thursday.

Football 
South Africa boys vs Malawi boys at the University stadium

Judo
Both boy and girl teams will compete at the Ditshupo Hall

Tennis
Dellen Kleinhans will face Mozambique’s Claudia Dos Santos
Ntokozo Zungu will face Zimbabwe’s Bevelly Matsiwe
Robbie Arends will face Angola’s Eduardo Morais
Thando Longwe-Smit will face Angola’s Winner Andre/ Zambia’s Kalaba

Team SA have in previous years dominated these U20 Games between the Region 5 countries, which include Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland.

At the last Games, held in Angola 2016, Team SA did extremely well by retaining the first position on the medal table, bringing home a total of 123 medals.

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