Harare - South Africa proved they are still a cut above the rest of the continent after yet again outshining competitors in the Africa Motocross of African Nations Championships in Harare last weekend.
Over 200 riders from several classes drawn from seven African countries converged for the quadrennial two-day meet with over 15 000 spectators in attendance.
Riders didn't disappoint either as they put on some spirited showing much to the delight of the record attendance at the Donnybrook Raceway in eastern Harare.
The hosts, Zambia, Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, Botswana and Uganda all went out trying to take with them the honours.
But, it was South Africa, the serial FIM winners, who proved their mettle.
Coming as the defending champions, the South Africans initially showed some nerves but settled well and clinched podium finishes with relative ease.
With their riders in different categories and classes showing clout, South Africa tallied the best marks and deservedly retained their title.
Though Zimbabwe and Zambian racers tried hard to match their regional counterpart, they were simply put to the cleaners.
Morocco and Kenya still showed a lot of potential and with some little luck, some of their riders could have quiet made loud statements.
Zimbabwe settled for silver at the meet but witnessed the birth of gems like Tadiwanashe and Simbarashe Nyamupfukudza who commandeered their bikes with the artistry of veterans.
But the kind of competition displayed at the park was world class, according to veteran Temba Mazvimbakupa, who spent years with the Zimbabwe Motorsport Federation.
“It was worth the billing, worth the attendance and competitive enough. Of course there had to be winners and losers but overall the meet was competitive. This is the right way to go for Africa. We wish to see everything done in this way. We can now start to believe that Africans can now confidently challenge for world honours,” said Mazvimbakupa.