The Zimbabwean was inconceivably not included in the list of contenders for the June 9 race that the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) released recently.
Granted he DNFd (did not finish) last year, as he always does in the Down Run. Last year was his third DNF. But that surely cannot be the reason for his omission given that his Nedbank Running Club teammate Edward Mothibi also did not make the cut despite finishing fourth in the Down Run.
Nyamande is unlikely to be bothered by his not being considered a potential winner given that it will probably take the attention away from him. The rest of the elite runners though will know how dangerous their adversary with an awkward running style is.
Nyamande is an Up Run specialist of sorts. His results from the past two races from Durban to Maritzburg suggests he be deemed a potential winner. In 2015 when Gift Kelehe won, the Zimbabwean took third place in a good time of 5:48:19.