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Team SA safe and sound, ready to compete

Team South Africa have arrived safely in Gaborone, Botswana for the 2nd African Youth Games which start on Thursday, 22 May, writes Mark Etheridge.

And the South African flag now flies proudly outside the team’s accommodation at the Botswana University hostel residences, nestled between the flags of Togo and Burkina Faso.

Thursday sees the official opening ceremony but the team took time out to visit the SA High Commissioner’s residence for a welcoming function before the action starts.

There they were welcomed by High Commissioner Mdu Lembede who told the team: “Please feel at home here. This is your home for home as long as you are on these grounds.

“You have all been chosen to represent all of South Africa and it is a very special honour. You are the chosen ones, so feel proud.

“We expect the best of your but I’m hoping that you will still find time to meet new friends from around the continent. Remember, we are all Africans.”

For his turn, SASCOC President Gideon Sam acknowledged that our national teams always had challenges to deal with when away from familiar territory.

“Remember we are not on home soil but we must still click as a team, go for the podium and our main goal is to dethrone Tunisia who topped the medals table at the last Games in Morocco.”