Updated: March 10, 2016

The national team is ready to tackle the African Cross Country Championships on Saturday, according to captains Precious Mashele and Diana-Lebo Phalula, after settling in Yaounde in the build-up to the event.
Mashele and Phalula, who both represented South Africa at last year’s World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, will lead a 23-member squad at the continental off-road showpiece.
“I think we are ready. We made quick adjustments to our surroundings and we are fine,” Mashele said on Thursday.
“The spirits lifted after a short rest on our first day and we then all focussed on what we are here for.
“We have been talking to each other that on the trail we should encourage each other and be strategic in order to target the team prize.”
Phalula was cautious in her predictions for the women’s race, as they prepared to take on powerhouse distance running nations from East Africa.
“I think we will have a good race. The senior athletes have been assisting the new and younger ones to cope and help them focus,” said Phalula, who will also turn out with twin sister Lebogang at the World Half-Marathon Championships in Cardiff later this month.
“We are aware that every country is here to compete, so we are not going to be arrogant.”

SA team, African Cross Country Championships, Yaounde, Cameroon (12 March, 2016):

Senior men (10km): Jeromy Andreas (CGA), Derocious Makhobalo (AFS), David Manja (ACNW), Precious Mashele (AGN), Thabang Masihleho (AFS), Thabang Mosiako (ACNW)

Senior women (10km): Murendwa Davhana (AGN), Diana-Lebo Phalula (CGA), Lebogang Phalula (CGA), Andrea Steyn (AGN), Glenrose Xaba (CGA)

Junior men (8km): Ikageng Gaorekwe (CGA), Dais Malebana (AGN), Kabelo Melamu (CGA), Ryan Mphahlele (CGA), Rowhaldo Ratz (WPA), Kabelo Seboko (CGA)

Junior women (6km): Lesego Mpshe (CGA), Cheryl-Lee Schoeman (CGA), Nicole van der Merwe (CGA), Carina Viljoen (CGA), Tshegofatso Setlhakgoe (AGN), Simonay Weitsz (CGA)