Speaking in an interview with Lusaka Star on Friday during the ZASU National Age Group 2019 Championships held at the American International School in Lusaka, ZASU Vice President Adewale Grillo said his team has worked on its weaknesses and is equipped to return the CANA Championship next season.
Grillo has called on more swimmers to join the swimming union.
“We are looking forward to more swimmers swimming for ZASU, we have approximately 450 swimmers, and hopefully we can get that number up to 500 and beyond. Next season we want to win the CANA competition again, we won the cup in 2018 and we lost it this year.
In February 2019, South Africa topped the CANA Zone IV championships after minting a total of 102 medals across all disciplines leaving Zambia at 9th position with 13 medals.
Meanwhile, Malawi National Swimming team manager Mirriam Jackson commended ZASU for successfully hosting the ZASU National Age Group 2019 tournament.
Jackson has however revealed that three quarters of her swimmers will not participate in the August CANA Zone IV competition.
“A lot of our swimmers are not going for the CANA competition because most of them are not actually Malawi passport holders so they cannot represent the country since rules for CANA changed,she said.
Jackson further said her team is currently working on the full development of the swimmers who they hope will participate in the CANA championship with full force,” Jackson said.