Mariano Eesou and Zolani Nqanqa, both 2015 South African World Student Games Championships representatives, is looking to fly the flag of Eastern province Athletics high on 4 September 2016 in Pacaltsdorp, George; finishing in the gold and silver medal positions in their provincial championships is an indication of the former teammates’ shape heading into the championships.

Mariano Eesou and Zolani Nqaqa are becoming household names on the South African track and cross country scene, a feat that has been in the making for more than five years. At the Eastern Province Athletics cross country championships two weeks ago, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University students broke away from the pack from the start and battled it out for the remainder of the race. Zolani made use of a kick to get rid of Eesou in the final kilometre, a similar tactic was used which saw him being crowned 10km and 4km provincial champion.

The middle/long distance pair is well aware of their competition heading into Pacaltsdorp, but don’t be surprised if they provide the biggest competition to the ‘big guns’ on race day. If running a low 29minute 10km is not what the guys will be aiming for, we might just be in for a surprise from either Eesou or Nqaqa. And despite the fact that injuries and sickness was a major factor in diminishing their progress, they are well capable of stepping up and bringing their best to the table…but for now, let’s wait and see how it all unfolds on 10 September in George.

Other athletes who will be representing the once top-class- long-distance province Amos Nyongo and Rodney Prins should also be a force to be reckoned with and, if these four run tactically great, they could surprise a few of the bigger provinces. Can Eesou, Nqaqa, Prins and Nyono fly the flag of the talent-packed Eastern Province

Athletics on Saturday 10 September? You will have to come and witness it yourself, so please come join on us for a great day of cross country.