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AFTER recovering from an ankle injury renowned long jumper Khotso "Crocodile" Mokoena has described Nairobi, Kenya, as the perfect place for him to set a new African record.
Mokoena is in the South African team to compete at the African Senior Track and Field Championships in Nairobi from July 27 to August 4.
This will be Mokoena's second appearance at the continental athletics showpiece after winning bronze at the 2007 event in Mauritius, behind Ghanaian Ignatius Gaisah.
Gaisah is also reigning Commonwealth Games champion, but Mokoena is not worried about the threat posed by the Ghanaian.
"I was still in a learning curve at international competitions at senior level. For the championships in Kenya I'm not only going for the top position but also a new record in Africa," he said.
"I want to better the African record of 8,50m that I set in Madrid (Spain) in July last year and there will definitely be a new record 12 months later. But this time it will be on the continent."
Mokoena, who is known for using Bafana Bafana socks in all his official competitions in support of the national soccer team, said the ankle injury has healed.
"I sustained the injury when I was competing in Greece in May but the rehabilitation process has gone very well, though I have decided to take things easy ahead of the trip to Kenya," he said.
"The only way for me to represent Africa in the World Cup is to win my event in Kenya. It will be a tough competition."