Uganda defeat causes uproar

HARARE - Fans have reacted with dismay following a strong Takashinga Cricket Club’s defeat to Uganda in Kampala on Thursday.

Takashinga, composing a number of national team players on this low key tour, are on a tour of minnows Uganda, a trip which has attracted widespread criticism due to the make-up of the squad.

The Highfield-based club won their first two games on tour, but even with a team comprising a good number of Test players, they succumbed to an embarrassing 23-run defeat on Thursday to the associate side.

The East Africans totalled just 99 runs but the Zimbabwean side was then bowled out for a measly 76 to lose by 23 runs.

Cricket fans took to social networks sites to express their disappointment.

“This Taka whatever has got players that are playing and have played for Zimbabwe before. This surely is the highest point of embarrassment,” wrote Kelvin Mpofu in reaction to a post on the Cricket Zimbabwe Facebook page.

“Primary school kids can score 100 in 50 overs for sure and who is funding that trip,” asked Michael Chikowo.

Al Zu wrote: “With this performance, the worst is yet to come, even if South Sudan were to be introduced to the sport of cricket in two years time they will be able to beat my beloved Zim.”

Matt Dingani Zulu suggested the match could have been “fixed”.

“90% of the players played Test cricket and over 200 ODI games, surely they must show their class. This tour reminds me of the soccer Asiagate, this should be the Uganda-gate. Pane vanhu vakatengwa and an Indian bookmaker akatoita mari (made money).”

Simon Njanji added: “The problem is not the coach but our players havagone (are not good enough) even if we get the best coach in the world our performance will still be poor.”

Sacked Zimbabwe coach Stephen Mangongo and convenor of selectors Givemore Makoni are also touring as club officials.

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