Athletics club suffers viability problems

Financial challenges are scuttling plans by an ambitious new athletics club to empower talented athletes here. The Prodigal Khumalo Athletics club, based in Pumula, is the brainchild of prominent coach Themba Mhlophe, who named it after the South African-based long distance runner who was born in the city.

In a recent interview Khumalo said the struggle for sponsorship had put paid to plans to transform the club into an academy. “We formed the club with the idea to make it an athletics academy,” said Khumalo, chairman of the club. “We are still battling to raise funds for it so it can run properly. Our aim was for upcoming athletes to benefit from it,” added the award-winning athlete.

Khumalo said they need a club house, gym equipment and transport to take athletes to races.

Mhlophe, 44, is head coach at the club. He has previously worked with such fine athletes such as Witness Siska, Mandla Mpofu, Mandla Mthombeni, Justin Chitake, Shepherd Chitake, Jethro Thebe and Givemore Chabata, among others who are all middle and long distance runners.

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