The Sunday Mail
MASHONALAND EAGLES coach Stanley Timoni says the right attitude powered his team to a historic sweep of all the trophies on offer in domestic cricket.
The Eagles are soaring after becoming the first team to win the Logan Cup, Pro 50 Championship and T20 gongs in one season since the inception of the franchise system in 2009.
“It’s all about good preparation, team work and hard work,” said Timoni. “There was good team spirit and positive approach throughout the season. The players had the right attitude and it paid off.”
Timoni, who is now called “Mr 100 Percent” by his players following their unbeaten run to the Pro 50 Championship, said the Logan Cup had been his top priority.
“My target was two out of three; the Logan Cup and any one of the two other titles. However, through the grace of God we won all three.
“When we won the first two the whole team was like ‘coach let’s go for the third one’, they wanted it badly,” he said.
The champions had a balanced side with a blend of exciting young talent and seasoned players to do the business.
Backed by a technical team that included the vastly experienced national women’s head coach Leonard Nhamburo, Mr 100 Percent feels his was a rich changing room.
“Good communication also won us the three trophies, the technical staff and players were very free to exchange ideas when it came to game plans and strategies.
“We would agree on things before practice and matches which was very healthy. Enough respect to coach Nhamburo, he is a very experienced coach,” said Timoni. Mash Eagles captain Tino Mutombodzi is enjoying the limelight that comes with a historic season.
“It feels awesome,” he said. “When you have three trophies up for grabs the most you can hope or aim for is two which will be a great season for any team to achieve. Winning all three was just something else.
“It feels great to have been part of that and even greater to have been leading such a team.”