MATABELELAND Tuskers chief executive officer Stanley Staddon has praised their main sponsor, diamond mining company Marange Resources (Pvt) Ltd, after they recently acquired equipment and kits worth $15 000.
In an interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday, Staddon said the continued support from the diamond mining company has played a huge role in the success of their development programme.
As part of the development programme, Tuskers has constructed all-weather concrete cricket pitches at various schools in Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Tsholotsho and Binga in Matabeleland North so that the sport is played in remote areas of the country.
“As you might be aware, Marange Resources have been our biggest sponsors since last season. Because of their continued support, we have been able to initiate development programmes around the region. For instance, we have been able to build concrete cricket pitches, donate kits and equipment to various schools in Matabeleland and as far as Binga.
“At the moment, I have just received confirmation that their latest sponsorship of playing kits and equipment has already arrived in Harare and should be coming down very soon.
“If we include this latest consignment, the total value of the sponsorship we have received from Marange since last year is now valued at over $52 000,” Staddon said.
Marange Resources are not new to local sport as they are also currently sponsoring women’s soccer, professional golf and recently assisted the Zimbabwe senior rugby team, the Sables.
Tuskers have won the last two editions of the country’s most coveted title, the Logan Cup, and are on course to complete a hat-trick of titles again this year.
Apart from claiming the most coveted piece of silverware in domestic cricket, Matabeleland Tuskers were recently named the best administered franchise in domestic cricket.