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Kefasi Kasiteni wait continues

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BY RONALD MPASO:

A cloud of uncertainty continues to hover over the fate of Malawi’s representatives at the first-ever African Beach Games as regards their qualification to the World Beach Games.

Malawi had Kefasi Kasiteni and Cecilia Mhango at the games which took place last weekend in Cape Verde.

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Kasiteni finished on position six out of 24 runners at the Games.

He clocked 1:11:32 in the half marathon while Mhango disappointed in a field of 20 runners where she finished on position 17 in 1:39:43.

The two runners returned home on Wednesday but Malawi Olympic Committee (Moc) could not immediately state whether either runner had made it for October’s World Beach Games in Doha, Qatar.

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Moc publicist, Kythrina Phiri, said organisers were expected to communicate on who had qualified for the global contest.

“We are still waiting. The organisers will communicate with individual national Olympic committees on who has qualified,” Phiri said.

Athletics Association of Malawi General Secretary, Frank Chitembeya, said he was also waiting to hear if either runner had qualified.

“This competition was the first of its kind in Africa and we just have to be patient. We are also anxious to know if our athletes have made it. We are also waiting and as soon as we get the communication, we will share it with the public,” Chitembeya said.

However, Chitembeya said Kasiteni was impressive and stands a chance after becoming the only southern African runner in the top six.

Malawi’s leader of delegation to the continental event, Dennis Kumwenda, described Kasiteni’s performance as outstanding considering that he was competing with world-class athletes.

Kasiteni and Mhango were selected because of their outstanding records in local and international competitions.

Ahead of the games, the two runners trained in Mangochi under the guidance of coach John Mwathiwa.

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