Verdade (Maputo)

10 December 2013

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

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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.

Joaquim Lobo, two gold medals and one of bronze

Joaquim Lobo is the new number one in canoeing in Africa. He was born in Maputo in January 6, 1995. He entered in this mode through the Clube Marítimo de Maputo training school in 2010.

He won both individual events in which he participated, including 200 and 1000 metres. On collective competition he won the bronze medal alongside Mussá. "I feel very happy. Winning this competition was the realisation o= f a childhood dream. It wasn't easy and I left Tunisia with a feeling of accomplished mission. Now I have to think about the future and the next international proof ", he revealed to @Verdade.

As secret, Joaquim revealed that were indispensable strength, determination and dedication. About the lack of African champion coach he emphasized that "any athlete needs a coach. Everywhere a person is required to indicate the right path, that shows us the mistakes and that will help us understand some things. We're not perfect". "As I said earlier, I need a trainer, a good oar and an international stage to maintain my current level," warned Joaquim Lobo.

About the lack of trainer

The Mozambican Federation of sailing and Canoeing told @Verdade that Mozambique does not need right now, a trainer of canoeing. However, Hélio da Rosa begins by clarifying what happened during the preparation for the "African" of Tunisia. "We came in contact with the technician who guided this selection in 2011. But he is in Brazil attending a course and he was unavailable to come back to work in Mozambique, despite his desire to go to Tunisia to guide the athletes", and he explained that "some of these are in age to be trainers of the newest ".

According to Rosa, the canoe does not prevent athletes from being coaches simultaneously. "What happen is that they don't want to stop competing. And we can't stop them because they make the country proud in this condition" he shot. Next year, the @Verdade knew, two of these five athletes who participated in the African Cup of Canoeing are going to Brazil to empower themselves in matters of formation of new talent.

Translated By Lauren Fox

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