Mangongo challenges ZC to concentrate on development

Former national team coach Stephen Mangongo has challenged Zimbabwe cricket to concentrate on promoting and developing the sport at grass-root level countrywide.

Stephen Mangongo
Stephen Mangongo

Mangongo was amongst the spectators who witness St Aidens of Chitungwiza being crowned the winners of the inaugural Maximum Cricket Festival after prevailing over six other primary schools’ teams over weekend.

The two-day cricket 15-over fiesta drew seven primary schools in St. Aidens, Zengeza 4, Tangenhamo, Zengeza 7, Dungwiza, Ndangariro and Shamva.

“This is a great initiative, I believe ZC will help taking it to other provinces countrywide,” said Mangongo.

“I was impressed by the way these young children are doing. We have a bright future in cricket and I believe there is abundant talent countrywide which needs to be taken advantage of. ZC should pick and polish these gems at high performance of all talented kids.”

Mangongo was also full of praise for Zengeza 4 duo Shaun Simeti and Tanatsa Marumani whom he tipped for success ahead.

“Those who attended the tourney can agree with me that Simeti and Marumani are the future of this country. I believe those believe talent identification and nurturing at ZC will take note and never lose them for future purposes,” he said.

He went on to thank the community for pioneering and hosting a successful programme. “Credit should always be given where it is due. This is a fantastic effort by the local community and clubs in Chitungwiza to organise a junior team tournament programme like this. We always respect communities pushing for development through sport.”

The Chitungwiza circuit has about 36 primary schools playing cricket and has been one of the breadbasket for the national under 13 and 14 teams with a massive contribution for the province under Mashonaland Eagles.

On individual awards, Naison Mare from St. Aidens was crowned the best batsman of the tournament after scoring 184 runs at an average of 37. He received batting gloves as prize.

Denzel Marufu also from St. Aidens received a ball after he was voted as the bowler of the tournament averaging 5,22 whilst the sportsmanship award went to Tyron Basiyawo from Zengeza 4 Primary.

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