Lady Chevrons coach Mpofu dreams big

HARARE - Zimbabwe cricket women’s team assistant coach Sinikiwe “Sneeze” Mpofu is confident that she will make up from her failed dream of playing at the World Cup through the efforts of the current committed squad.

The ladies team has been in camp for the past five weeks preparing for their last leg of international cricket feel, the Twenty20 triangular series in Uganda that will also feature Kenya. After that the team will wind up their practice locally against junior age group boys before hosting the ICC World Cup Qualifier- Africa across three venues, Harare Sports Club, Old Hararians and Takashinga Cricket Club in May.

A former Lady Chevron, Mpofu called time on her career before realising her dream to join the coaching bench. “The girls are in camp and this is the fifth week they have been in camp, the main call has been fitness and the girls are in shape they are looking good. 

“This coming week going forward we will be concentrating more on the skills and more games otherwise the preparations are going on well. This time around we are well focused mentally and physically,” Mpofu told the Daily News during the team’s training session at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

“Personally, I had a dream when I still used to play cricket. I wanted to play at the World Cup unfortunately it didn’t happen, but I believe now being in the setup I still believe that the dream will come true and I will be part of the girls that will go to the World Cup.”
The former all-rounder said the team is happy with the amount of time they have been accorded in camp.

“Definitely we had wanted time because normally we have a month of preparations but this time around we have got (a lot of) time. We had time for our fitness the whole month of fitness so we have had the preparations we want and we are still looking forward to more assistance,” she said. She hopes the nine-team Qualifier set for May will help popularise the sport locally.

“…I think probably in terms of our girls cricket base, it’s still narrow we looking to widening it especially the games that we are going to host in May. We are looking forward that they will bring us more girls into the game so we just hoping the girls will come out and watch and this take our cricket to the next level,” Mpofu added.

“This is a very important tour (Uganda), it will make us see where we stand and if there’s anything to polish up, we still have a month to go after those games. It’s just a mental thing, we are working on that otherwise the skills, the talent we have it.”

Mpofu is wife to Mountaineers coach Shepherd Makunura who recently made history by winning the country’s premier first class competition a record three consecutive times. “I always try to outdo him in everything that we do (she quips). We support each other, he supports me very well, he gives me tips you know he has coached at the highest level so I’m still learning and I’m very happy that he has been supportive in and out of cricket,” she said.

Comments (1)

Blessings to the Lady Chevrons. Looks this coach has everything about her job on sight - great visionary coach here. An all- rounder she was and she has just shown it here.

Maxwell Msindo - 6 March 2019

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