CSA appoints Enoch Nkwe as its Director of Cricket

The 39-year-old has triumphantly made a comeback after having a falling out with the head coach and ending up as his new boss. Last week, Cricket South Africa named Enoch Nkwe as its new Director of Cricket. He won the position over current Warriors coach and former South African spinner Robin Peterson. Nkwe was once a talented batsman for Gauteng who started his first-class career with a century on debut, but a finger injury ended his playing days at age 26.Enoch will take over from Graeme Smith, the former Proteas captain, who decided not to extend his contract at the end of March.

Since leaving his position as Proteas assistant coach in August of last year, the 39-year-old has held the position of “strategic cricket consultant” at the Highveld Lions. Prior to being named Interim Director of the Proteas later that year for the tour to India, he had already led the Lions franchise to two victories in the T20 Challenge and the Four-Day Sunfoil Series.

Nkwe then became Mark Boucher’s assistant, the current Proteas coach, but leftover disputes with the “team culture” of the national squad. Nkwe led the Proteas’ interim team during their 2019 tour of India, however, he was passed over for the head coach job when Smith appointed Boucher.

Nkwe has a strong domestic cricket resume, and in his first season as Lions coach in 2018, he led the team to victories in the CSA T20 Challenge and 4-Day Franchise Series. When he guided the Jozi Stars to victory in the first Mzansi Super League, Nkwe won a second trophy the same year.

On that day three new appointments to CSA’s executive team were also announced.Wanele Mngomezulu has been named chief marketing officer, Tjaart van der Walt has been named chief financial officer, and Mtunzi Jonas has been named chief commercial officer. “CSA is intentional in turning the corner and reaching greater heights,” said CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki.

Congratulating the quartet on their appointments, CSA Chief Executive Officer, Pholetsi Moseki said: “CSA is intentional in turning the corner and reaching greater heights. The appointment of these Executives is intended to strengthen CSA’s resolve and anchor the administration with the best expertise on offer.

“I am delighted that CSA has attracted this caliber of talent, which will change the fortunes of the organization into the future. It is against this background that I congratulate the appointees for making it through the stringent recruitment process, which merited their appointments. They have indeed demonstrated their desire to serve this beautiful game in the different portfolios by bringing their capabilities to bear.” Nkwe is expected to report to work on 1 July whilst the other three executives will start at beginning of August.

Nkwe holds a Level IV coaching certificate, This is the highest cricket coaching qualification currently obtainable in South Africa and is mainly for professional, career coaches working within the national and domestic professional structures. Attendance is by CSA invitation only.

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