Team Uganda coach Benjamin Longiross and namesake Njia will hope that the national team can camp at Global Training Centre in Kapchorwa ahead of the March 26 IAAF World Cross Country Championship.
The two alongside Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) publicist Namayo Mawerere, and Bukwo camp administrator Peter Chelengat, returned from Kapchorwa yesterday where they inspected five training centres. The camp was changed from Bukwo to Kapchorwa because of its proximity to Kampala and the better infrastructure.
“We have handed our report back to UAF but we hope they can endorse Global,” Longiross said.
“From the technical side we were looking at simple things like kitchens, space and maybe the compound to see if there is enough room for fitness exercises.
“Global really stands out because it is also next to the Boma Grounds that allows us to do some aerobics and any strategic level training,” Longiross he added.
Time isn’t the team’s best ally and the coaches, who claim to be “upbeat for this national engagement,” believe they should be entering the residential camp this weekend.
“We are really fired up but at the end of the day you want the same enthusiasm from the athletes. It is them that will run.
“Athletics has an element of teamwork and we shall give them all the necessary preps but it is an individual sport where you have to push yourself,” added the coach whose knack for delivering results is unquestionable.