MASHONALAND Eagles will be hoping for a befitting emotional send-off for their late coach Kevin Curran when they take on Matabeleland Tuskers in a 50-over match today and a Twenty20 match tomorrow. The two matches will take place at Harare Sports Club.
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This will be Mashonaland Eagles’ first home match since Curran passed away in Mutare while jogging last Wednesday. The former Zimbabwe coach was laid to rest yesterday.
In an interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday, Mash Eagles’ assistant coach Stanley Timoni said his players were hoping to win it for their late head coach.
“As you know this will be our first home game since the passing away of our head coach (Kevin Curran). As much as the players are sad and disappointed, they are hoping to win it for their coach so that they give him a good sendoff,” said Timoni, a former Tuskers assistant coach.
“Tuskers are a very good team and it won’t be an easy match. In fact, there are no easy matches between the two teams as they are always closely fought, but we will do our best to ensure we come out on top,” said Timoni.
Tuskers will be without their head coach Heath Streak for this match as he is currently in South Africa for the Champions League Twenty20 where he is part of the Auckland Aces’ technical setup. Auckland Aces is coached by former Zimbabwe leg spinner Paul Strang.
Streak’s assistant Wayne James will take charge of the Tuskers technical setup.
“We obviously haven’t had the best of starts and we have been working hard to do the basics right. Hopefully, we will do well against Eagles and try to improve our record in the shorter formats of the game,” said James, who is also a national team selector.
In Kwekwe, MidWest Rhinos will host Mountaineers at Kwekwe Sports Club for the 50-over match which takes place today and the Twenty20 match tomorrow.