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Ian Tinker has been appointed the interim Zimbabwe Under-19 cricket coach in the absence of Walter Chawaguta who is away with the senior team at the International Cricket World Cup.

Tinker will be in charge when the Cubs face Namibia in three ODIs as preparations for the 2016 Under-19 Wold Cup to be held in Bangladesh.

Tinker is a long serving development coach.

The Namibia Under-19 travelling party is expected to arrive in the country on Friday for the matches tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday.

All the matches will be played at Old Hararians Sports Club. The selectors have retained the bulk of the players who took part in the Cubs Week In South Africa early last month, with Zahir Tufail of Prince Edward and the Churchill High School duo of Richard Ngarava and Takudzwa Chakaodza the new editions in the 18-member quard.

Unavailability of White City Stadium affects schools athletics

THE unavailability of White City Stadium is affecting schools’ athletics programmes with the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province’s National Association for Primary School Heads itching to use the refurbished facility.

A tartan track, state-of-the-art electronic timing devices, a VIP arena and a giant monitoring screen were installed at Bulawayo’s ceremonial home of athletics ahead of last December’s African Union Sports Council (AUSC)

Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games.

Njabulo Bango, the Naph head-in-charge for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province said they have been aised that White City will only be available after a hand over ceremony of the facility to the local authority by the AUSC Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games local organising committee. “We want our children to start enjoying the legacy left behind the hosting of the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Under-20 Youth Games.

“White City is one of the facilities that were given a facelift to meet world-class standards and as such, if we are to produce star athletes we have to introduce them to these facilities at an early age”said Bango.

Zonal competitions for Naph Bulawayo will be held on February 10

Mutengwa appointed to officiate at CAF-U17 champs

THE Young Warriors may be missing at the CAF Under-17 Championships but Zimbabwe will be represented as referee Tapfumanei Mutengwa has been appointed to officiate at the tournament.

Mutengwa, who has been on the elite Fifa panel of assistant referees for five years, will be participating as an assistant referee at the football fiesta which runs from tomorrow to March 2 in Niger.

Source : The Herald