Mangongo commits to Mash Eagles

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket assistant Stephen Mangongo will have another dance as the head coach of Mashonaland Eagles for the upcoming 2013-14 domestic league.

The Zimbabwean cricket development stalwart was on a one-year contract with the Harare franchise side last season following the tragic death of former coach Kevin Curran in October.

Mash Eagles won the Pro 50 Championship after beating Matabeleland Tuskers by five-runs in a rain-hit final in Bulawayo and were runners-up in the Twenty20 competition won by Mountaineers.

Eagles, however, failed to make an impression in the premier first class four-day competition, the Logan Cup, exiting the tournament without a single win. The Eagles finished in bottom place with seven points from eight matches.

The same season saw the Eagles lose to Southern Rocks and effectively handing the Masvingo-based franchise their first Logan Cup win in three years. Matabeleland Tuskers won the championship for thethird time in succession.

“We are busy preparing our squads and hopefully will be starting totrain as soon as the franchise hierarchy gives us the nod,” Mangongotold the Daily News yesterday.

“We have got unfinished business at Eagles and need to sort out anumber of issues that I felt we lacked last season.”

Eagles have lost former Zimbabwe strike bowler Kyle Jarvis, who took up a three-year County cricket contract with English side Lancashire last month.

Mangongo, however, believes his side has enough depth in the seam department.

“We had quite a good bowling attack and Jarvis wasn’t playing regularly in the side having spent a greater part of the season playing in New Zealand last season,” he said.

“We have young seamer Tatenda Gumunyu-Manatsa who is back from injury, experienced Innocent Chinyoka is also available as well as other rookies. So we are not worried that much, although we have lost a competent bowler of Jarvis’ stature.

“Our main worry is on the batting front and we are in negotiations with a couple of players as we look to bolster the squad in that department, it’s still premature at the moment to disclose the names but we are hopeful that by end the end of the week we should be in a position to provide the names.”

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