Makunura making inroads at Southern Rocks

Fungayi Munyoro

CHIPINGE – Seasoned coach Shephard ‘Shepp’ Makunura who moved from Mountaineers to Southern Rocks in August last year seems to have transferred his previous success with the Mountain Goats to his new side after making an immediate impact with the Masvingo based outfit.

Despite Rocks losing by 47 runs to Rhinos in the Pro50 match played last week Wednesday in Harare, Makunura says he is satisfied and has achieved what he calls a decent season.

After making their come back this year to first class cricket, the Masvingo based outfit have acquainted themselves well. They have won the premier competition, the Logan Cup, finished third in the T20 competition and now finished as runners up in the Pro50 competition.

“My boys might have lost to Rhinos but I am very happy with their performance and achievements so far.The team is making a come back to first class cricket and coming up as runners-up is not bad.

“We obviously wanted to win but we had a young and depleted side. We were missing Roy Kaia,  Blessing Muzarabani and Tendai Chisoro who have been called up for national duty. Despite all that the guys put up a good fight, “ he said.

Makunura said it was challenging joining Rocks and putting up the squad together.

“We obviously had players coming from different teams and we had little time to gel as a team but credit to the players for their hard work and selflessness and for putting the team first ahead of everything.It  was challenging and exciting at the same time.It was challenging in the sense that I almost started from scratch and exciting that my former team was coming back into the league, “ he said.

Makunura says he still has a soft spot for Mountaneers that he guided to three successive Logan Cup titles.

“Leaving Mountaineers was not easy after the successes that we enjoyed as a team but at times you have to move on and experience new challenges and enable yourself to grow as a coach,” he said.

Makunura coached Rocks from 2009-2013 when it was disbanded. He won the Metropolitan Bank Pro40 in 2012-2013 season .

He says his targets at Rocks was to keep on helping produce quality players that can fit in well in the national team setup.

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