Verdade (Maputo)

Mozambique: Canoeing - We're (Unquestionably) the African Champions!

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The difficulties of our selection

During the competition that took place in the capital of Tunisia, between 19th and 29th November, our national team faced several difficulties. The first is related to feeding, according to what the athletes report.

"In addition to the weather that was too low, we had feeding problems. As an Arab country, the food has not been harmonised, or was not diversified," said the athletes, advancing that initially they were hosted at a hotel that offered good condition and later and because of logistical issues, they were led to another in Tunis City.

"We went to a deplorable place. There was no variety in the menu. We reported the situation to the Local Committee Organizer who simply ignored us. We ate bread with egg and juice", they confessed.

On the other hand, the Mozambican athletes complained of boats given by the organization of the "African" which, in their opinion, were not capable of being used in a competition of that dimension. "There were best canoes. But in this kind of competitions there are always children and stepchildren. We complained and nothing worked. The South African delegation was the most benefited and yet we have managed to win two gold medals ".

Canoeing lovers come to Mozambique, despite its financial constraints, has vessels that comply with the international standard of the competitions, unlike that found in Tunisia. "We were forced to borrow modern boats from opponents who were prematurely eliminated," they declared.

Mussá, bronze medal

Was the bronze medal winner in the race "c2" of 200 meters. He began his career in 2009 and was the pioneer of the canoeing Club Sport Marítimo de Maputo. He is 21 years and was born in Maputo city. For Mussá, "the race was good and we had been leading for a long time. But the condition of the track hurt us and it had not been possible to conquer the gold medal".

He explained that the Organization did not put the signalling buoys and "we were forced to stop before the arrival, we took the first position. We didn't know where the race ended and when we realised that we were in the wrong place, it was too late. There were two opponents in front of us ". The athlete also lamented the lack of a coach and stages pre-competitive that, in his opinion, would be beneficial to Mozambique in order to put its athletes at the top of international competitions." Just watching the videos is not enough. We need an experienced coach and opportunities to compete with opponents who have a wide experience in canoeing.

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