Girls named in boys’ cricket team tour

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Sports Re­porter

TWO girls Langa Mpofu and Kayael Sibanda have made his­tory by be­ing named in the Old Mu­tual Heath Streak Cricket Acad­emy Un­der-13 boys’ squad for a tour of South Africa from De­cem­ber 10-17.

Mpofu (11) is a Grade 5 pupil at St Thomas Aquinas, while Sibanda (9) is in Grade 3 at SOS School.

The squad will play against lead­ing Gaut­eng acad­emy Rowlin Na­tional Cricket Acad­emy from Boks­burg and Mum­bai In­dia, a premier acad­emy that re­cently con­firmed its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the three-na­tion acad­emy con­test.

Joseph Rego, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Old Mu­tual Heath Streak Cricket Acad­emy, said this was the first time girls would be play­ing along­side boys in an in­ter­na­tional tour aimed at scout­ing cricket stars of note.

He said it has been their en­deav­our to sup­port young tal­ented girls and af­ford them sim­i­lar train­ing at the acad­emy to in­spire and en­cour­age the girl child to get in­volved in play­ing cricket.

“I have never been a na­tional se­lec­tor, but most of my pre­dic­tions have al­ways been ac­cu­rate.

“These two girls will make the na­tional team in a few years’ time,” said Rego.

He said the con­fir­ma­tion of Mum­abi In­dia for the South African tour was a bo­nanza for them, as the acad­emy was still cel­e­brat­ing Streak’s ap­point­ment as na­tional team head coach.

Rego said Streak’s ap­point­ment had boosted morale at the acad­emy and their coaches Boxie Mx­olisi Dube, Thabo Mkhu­l­uli Mboyi and Shaun Joseph were geared to face a tough chal­lenge in their first in­ter­na­tional tour against some of the best young­sters in schools cricket.

The Streak Acad­emy’s in­au­gu­ral in­ter­na­tional tour will see the Un­der-13 and Un­der-14 teams play­ing in a T20 tri­an­gu­lar se­ries with Mum­bai In­dia and Rowlin Na­tional Cricket Acad­emy.

The acad­emy’s two Un­der-13 teams will tour un­der the names Masca Heath Streak Acad­emy Zim­babwe and Pepsi Heath Streak Acad­emy Zim­babwe, while the Un­der-14 team uses the name Fazak Heath Streak Acad­emy Zim­babwe.

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