MASHONALAND Eagles coach Stephen Mangongo yesterday rung the changes, dropping underperforming key batsmen Sikandar Raza and former captain Forster Mtizwa ahead of the Logan Cup match against Matabeleland Tuskers starting at Harare Sports Club today.
The two were replaced by hard-hitting batsman Cephas Zhuwao, widely considered a Twenty20 specialist and former Southern Rocks batsman Keith Kondo.
Mangongo told NewsDay Sport in an interview yesterday that the changes should act as a wake-up call for underperforming players at the Harare-based franchise which is yet to register a win in the Logan Cup competition this season.
“Some of our senior players have not been performing well of late which is why we haven’t got the results in the four-day game.
“That is why we have decided to drop Raza and Mtizwa.
“We have brought in Cephas Zhuwao who we hope will give us some aggression at the top of the order while Kondo has been doing well in the Vigne Cup and deserves to be given a chance. Our bowling department will remain the same as it has been doing well,” Mangongo said.
Eagles will go into the match with a three-man seam attack of Innocent Chinyoka, Nathan Waller and all-rounder Chamu Chibhabha while spin department will comprise Prosper Utseya, Ray Price and Tinotenda Mutombodzi. While Eagles will be searching for their first Logan Cup win this season, champions Matabeleland Tuskers will be out to stretch their unbeaten run in the competition. Tuskers coach Heath Streak said his charges were ready for the match.
“It will be a chance for the boys to redeem themselves after that loss in the Pro 50 final. We have prepared ourselves in the best way we could and the lads are looking forward to the match.”