Streak to host ED Afro-Asia Cup

HARARE - Heath Streak International will host Zimbabwe’s youth IPL Under-14 Afro-Asia Cricket Cup next month in Harare — a tournament meant to honour their patron, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The President’s Cup will run from August 4 to August 8 at Sunrise Sports Club in Ridgeview, Belvedere while the finals will be at Milton Park’s Old Hararians.

India will bring the Asian flavour to the tournament while Africa will be well represented by South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia and hosts Zimbabwe.

Mnangagwa has since confirmed his availability for the finals where he is expected to be the guest of honour, a development that has excited former Zimbabwe captain and coach Streak.

“Streak said I am delighted to have His Excellency… associated with the Afro Asia Cricket Cup.

“This youth brand is going to grow rapidly with the President’s support and become an iconic brand in Southern Africa,” Streak said.

“This tournament featuring local and Asian players will unearth new and future talent to grace both International teams and T20 tournaments around the world. Zimbabwe has a wealth of talent, for a small country and we punch way above our weight. I look forward to the stars of future being showcased.”

Heath Streak International Cricket Trust chief executive and partner Joseph Rego said they envisage the Afro-Asia tourney growing into a world U14 Cup in years to come.

“The popularity of this brand is growing immensely and the President’s Afro-Asia Cricket Cup is destined to turn into an Under-14 Cricket World Cup.

“His Excellency has kindly consented to grace the finals on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 as ‘Guest of Honour’. This is a great honour to the sport and the presence of His Excellency is going to boost the morale of the cricket loving youth of our nation,” said Rego.

“Distinguished talented cricketers will receive the ‘Emmerson Mnangagwa Cricket Scholarships’ on that day which we will be launching to promote the growth and development of the sport in Zimbabwe offering young talented cricketers the opportunity to showcase their talent and represent the country one day at the International level with pride.

“We also have plans to construct the ‘Emmerson Mnangagwa International Sports City’ in Harare which would be home to various sporting disciplines with emphasis on cricket.

“The Sports ministry and City Council are in the process of identifying the land and work will commence as soon as we obtain the land.

“The ED International Sports City will be the pride of Zimbabwe and home to the sports loving youth of our nation offering youngsters the opportunity to display their specific sporting talent, reach their full potential and represent the country one day at the International level with pride.

“The first phase of development is to construct an International level cricket facility for budding and talented cricketers providing cricket playing schools in Zimbabwe the opportunity to play their favourite sport in an ambience and atmosphere unparalleled to any other cricket facility in the country.”

Zimbabwe defeated South Africa in a nail biting final in 2015 and in 2017 won the finals against Botswana convincingly.

“The tournament has been growing in leaps and bounds and is destined to find a berth on the global cricketing map, showcasing Zimbabwe as a world class sport and tourist destination,” added Rego.


 

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