PMB coach’s talent-spotting is putting PMB on the squash map

2015-02-02 00:00

TWO Pietermaritzburg squash stars have put the city on the map thanks to their coach Bongani Khumalo.

The widely recognised squash coach is credited with grooming winning players and is looking to the townships for the next top stars.

Anele Ngubane, of Ridge Park, is ranked number one in the country, followed by Sanelisiwe Sithole of The Grange. Khumalo said the pair, both aged 17, are examples that the best players can be produced without top-of-the-range resources and facilities.

“Seeing young girls excelling in this sporting discipline is inspiring. These girls are talented and it shows that, if a talent is adequately nurtured, we can produce the best players in the world,” said the 41-year-old.

Anele, who attends Epworth, has taken home six gold medals.

She has been in the top 10 of the South African ranks in her age group since 2011.

Sanelisiwe, who goes to Alexandra High School, has managed to get two medals, one of which she received in the interprovincial tournaments.

Squash SA honoured Khumalo in 2011 for his dedication and contribution in the sport.

“It was exciting to be recognised and honoured by the squash body. It made me realise that we are doing a good job.

“But the inspiration comes from Anele and Sanelisiwe. They are committed and disciplined. I am proud of them.”

He said they don’t have a permanent venue for training and the two use Alexandra High and Epworth High courts when they are available.

Now Khumalo is looking to different townships to unearth new talent. He said he will have three workshops this year as a drive to lure young blood into the sport.

“Our work is starting to be noticed. We now have to take it further. There is a lot if talent that has to be nurtured into a finished product. I always make an effort to make a difference.”

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