By Don Makanyanga
Harare, October 11, 2016 – FORMER Zimbabwe Cricket national team bowling coach, Heath Streak was on Tuesday unveiled as the new substantive coach for the national side on a two year contract.
The former national team player replaces Davenell Whatmore who parted ways with the local cricket mother body in May after a string of poor results.
The 42-year-old former Zimbabwe international had a dance with the national side last year as the national side’s bowling coach before he left for a short stint with Bangladesh last year for similar position with the Asians.
His stay with the Asians was short-lived as the former captain quit the post to join Gujarat Lions of India, a side he coached until his recent appointment with the Zimbabwe national team.
Speaking at the unveiling ceremony in Bulawayo, Streak was elated to be re-joining the national team in a more senior position describing his appointment as an honour to his illustrious career.
He promised to work hard to change the fortunes of the national team in the next two years.
“For me, having captained this country, to be offered the post of head coach is a great honour and I know it with it comes responsibility not just to the players but to the fans and supporters of Zimbabwe cricket as well,” Streak said.
“My promise is I will leave no stone unturned in-terms of our endeavour and our quest to improve the team’s performance.
“I believe that we have the resources here in Zimbabwe to do just that and planning is obviously going to be a major factor.”
Streak will head a technical department comprising former South Africa international Makhaya Ntini and Lance Klusener who is the national team’s bowling and batting coaches.
His immediate task is to prepare for a forthcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka later this month with a triangular series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies slated for early next month.
Meanwhile, in football, football premiership log leaders Caps United have suffered a major blow to their title aspirations following a release by the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League of a list of suspended players for Week 27 of the local fixtures.
The Caps United duo of Phineas Bhamusi and Leonard Tsipa are suspended for the upcoming Harare derby against former champions and city rivals Dynamos.
Tsipa’s absence is a major blow for the Harare giants, as the 33-year-old has emerged Makepekepe’s driving force in its surprise resurgence this year.
The Green machine are the current log leaders of the Castle Lager Premier Soccer league with 53 points followed by FC Platinum who are on 51 points with Bulawayo giants Highlanders on third position with 50 points.
Caps United shot to the summit of the local league table after overcoming premiership whipping boys Border Strikers by 3-1 with Tsipa at the thick of things.
In boxing, the much awaited non-title boxing match pitting Zimbabwe’s Charles Manyuchi and Jose Agustin Julio Feira of Colombia is all set.
The South American boxer jetted in the country on Monday afternoon with a reception led by the acting Zimbabwe President Phelekezela Mphoko being held in the capital Tuesday afternoon.
Manyuchi will for the first time take to the ring on home soil with an international boxer, a development which has excited local boxing fanatics.
The match is set for October 14 at the Harare International Conference Centre.
Still in boxing news, Mr T 35’s dream of promoting the sport at an international level received a major boost following an announcement by the local motherboard granting the promoter a licence to hold international matches.