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Winners of Zimbabwe Cricket's Castle Logan Cup To Be Crowned Saturday

  • Michael Kariati

Mapeza's appointment was not universally approved and fans complained when he put together a team for the Africa Cup preliminary round match with Mali that favored new talent over seasoned favorites

Zimbabwe's Castle Logan Cup cricket tournament was to conclude on Saturday with the Mutare Mountaineers seeking another 148 runs with eight wickets remaining.

After three days of play the Matabeleland Tuskers had amassed 195 & 290 runs and the Mountaineers had put up 239 & 99 runs.

In soccer, coach Norman Mapeza of the national Warriors team was under pressure from fans to deliver victories and lead the team to the Africa Cup Of Nations tourney.

But he is unfazed by criticism saying he will continue to muster a strong team for the return match with Mali in June after losing the away leg in Bamako 1-0.

Mapeza's appointment was not universally approved and fans complained when he put together an Africa Cup team that favored new talent over seasoned favorites.

"I am not afraid of constructive criticism, as fans are always entitled to their own opinions and I value those too although they cannot influence how I run the team," Mapeza said, appealing to fans for a chance to make it through the Africa Cup qualifiers.

He told VOA reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye it's early days to concede defeat.

Elsewhere, the Footballers Union of Zimbabwe says it wants written contracts between clubs and players instead of the customary verbal agreements which favored clubs - often at the expense of players, as Michael Kariati reported from Harare.

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