Makoni gets Mountaineers top job

HARARE - Givemore Makoni, the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) convenor of selectors, has been appointed franchise administrator taking over from former chief executive officer (CEO) Jon Brent.

The former Southern Rocks CEO was thrust into the deep end by ZC as part of the association’s ongoing restructuring exercise.

Makoni, whose underperforming Rocks franchise was dissolved, is expected to maintain the winning formula that has seen the Mutare-based side clinching a double last season.

Mountaineers won the domestic premier first class four-day competition, the Logan Cup as well as the Pro 50 championship.

By winning the Logan Cup, Mountaineers became only the second team to win the competition after Matebeleland Tuskers, who had won the championship for a record three times in succession since the new franchise era began in 2010.

ZC confirmed Makoni’s appointment in a statement last week.

“Zimbabwe Cricket has carried out a rationalisation exercise which has seen the number of franchises reduced from five to four,” read the statement.

“This has led to a review of the franchise positions with, among other changes, the post of franchise chief executive officer falling away.

“Franchises will now be headed by administrators, who have been appointed as follows: Terry Nyakurimwa- Mashonaland Eagles; Stanley Staddon- Matebeleland Tuskers; Kenyon Ziehl- Mid West Rhinos; and Givemore Makoni- Mountaineers.”

Makoni’s predecessor, Brent who was not happy with the way he was laid off, said he had come to accept his fate and was moving on.

“It’s pointless burning bridges now because one day you would want to continue with cricket in Zimbabwe in the same or different capacity and all I can say is that I have come to accept the decision that ZC made. Although it is painful, I just have to move on and let the game be the winner,” Brent told the Daily News.

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