New Moun­taineers’ boss rev­els in Chevrons tri­umph

The Manica Post - - Sport - Fun­gayi Mun­y­oro Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

ZIM­BABWE’S his­toric tri­umph against Bangladesh has charmed the hearts and minds of many in­clud­ing the new Moun­taineers gen­eral man­ager Won­der Chisango who cred­ited the team for hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.

Chisango was ap­pointed the Moun­taineers gen­eral man­ager fol­low­ing the on­go­ing re­struc­tur­ing within the Zim­babwe Cricket (ZC).

“The Chevrons win is ac­tu­ally a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for us as Moun­taineers since we had some of our play­ers in the start­ing line up. I think they made the whole na­tion proud by win­ning that test match away from home af­ter 17 years. This is an achieve­ment that de­serves to be cel­e­brated by ev­ery pro­gres­sive Zim­bab­wean. We sin­cerely hope that they will be able to build from that and get more ac­co­lades in the fu­ture,” he said.

Zim­babwe thumped Bangladesh by 151 runs in the north-east­ern city of Syl­het on Tues­day to claim their first away Test win in 17 years.

Debu­tant spin­ner Bren­don Mavuta claimed 4-21 while Sikan­dar Raza grabbed 3-41 as the visi­tors bowled out Bangladesh for 169 in the sec­ond in­nings on the fourth day. As the Chevrons were shin­ing over­seas, back home ZC was also re­vert­ing to the old fran­chise sys­tem with Man­i­ca­land, Masvingo and Mashona­land East prov­inces mak­ing up the new look Moun­taineers out­fit.

Harare Met­ro­pol­i­tan and Mashona­land Cen­tral will form the Ea­gles fran­chise. Bu­l­awayo Met­ro­pol­i­tan, Mata­bele­land North and Mata­bele­land South prov­inces have been com­bined to make up the Tuskers fran­chise.

Mid­lands and Mashona­land West have been re­united un­der the Rhi­nos ban­ner. The 30-year-old Chisango started work on Novem­ber 1 ahead of the do­mes­tic league slated for De­cem­ber 1.

Chisango is a highly qual­i­fied and ex­pe­ri­enced coach, who has worked with Wa­ter­shed School for a decade.

He also coached Peter­house. He has pro­duced play­ers like the for­mer Rais­ing Stars star Wil­liam Mashinge and Chevrons player Tari­sai Musakanda.

In 2016 he was the Zim Un­der-16 as­sis­tant coach and team man­ager.

Be­fore ven­tur­ing into coach­ing, Chisango played for Man­i­ca­land U-19 and Easterns Cricket Team.

He said he was will­ing to work to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of the game in the prov­ince.

“I am will­ing to work for the de­vel­op­ment of the game in the three prov­inces. ZC will give us a grant but it is our duty to work very hard to source funds for the fran­chise. Now that we are com­bined with Mashona­land East and Masvingo, we have to work hard to es­tab­lish grass­roots clubs,” he said.

Mean­while Zim­babwe’s 2018-19 pre­mier do­mes­tic cricket sea­son is set to start on De­cem­ber 1, in­volv­ing the four fran­chises, Moun­taineers, Ea­gles, Rhi­nos and Tuskers.

Ris­ing Stars, which was part of the league last sea­son will not par­tic­i­pate in the first class cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

The acad­emy’s play­ers will be ab­sorbed by the four fran­chises.

The Pro50 Cham­pi­onship will get the sea­son un­der­way on De­cem­ber 1 with Ea­gles host­ing Tuskers at Harare Sports Club, while Rhi­nos will be at home to Moun­taineers at Kwekwe Sports Club.

Two days later, the Lo­gan Cup, will be­gin with the same teams fac­ing each other at the same venues.

Af­ter two rounds of both com­pe­ti­tions, the fran­chises will go for the Christ­mas break and re­turn to ac­tion on Jan­uary 12.

Won­der Chisango

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