19 November 2016
ZIMBABWE’S Takashinga Cricket Club have vowed to give it their best shot and challenge for a podium finish when they participate in the Uganda Quadrangular One Day tournament starting this Sunday.
Takashinga arrived in Kampala on Saturday afternoon for what promises to be a potentially explosive battle that will see them go head on with hosts Uganda XI, Kenya XI and a Uganda Select side.
Takashinga will get down to serious business on Sunday when they take on Uganda in their opening game of the tournament which will be staged at the Lugogo Oval.
“We are really looking forward to it,” Takashinga head coach Erick Chauluka said.
“I think with amount of training we were doing our guys will do well. Our guys did well last year and this year the guys are doing well so we are looking at having good performances.”
In 2015, Takashinga had an experienced squad and this time around, they carried along young and upcoming cricketers that have shown great potential in the Zimbabwe domestic leagues, Zimbabwe Under-19, Zimbabwe Development team and the Zimbabwe A squad.
Chauluka is optimistic that the youngsters in his camp will do the job in all their six games banking on the experience gained in their previous engagements.
“This year’s side is basically a young squad. We have had guys in the Under-19, Zim A and Zim Development and they are doing well so look forward to them continuing.”
On Sunday’s game against Uganda, Chauluka said:
“From the guys who were here last year, Uganda have guys who hit the ball very far and I also saw some of the guys when their Under-17 side came to Harare.
“Obviously it’s going to be very tough and Uganda is not a small side so it’s going to be an exciting challenge. I am expecting the team (Takashinga) to do well,” he said.
In the other game to be played concurrently, Kenya XI will square off against Uganda Select at the Kyambogo Oval.