Talent where it counts

2014-12-20 00:00

A CRICKETER who left Zimbabwe with nothing but a backpack and hope is now coaching cricket at Durban High School.

Amos Maungwa left his country of birth after political turmoil in 2006 and went from playing first class cricket to working as a gardener in Assagai.

“I was in Assagai for a while and I realised there was a cricket club in Pinetown,” he said.

Maungwa saved enough money to pay for a taxi ride to the Pinetown Cricket Club where he spoke to the chairperson. “I was told to come for practice. They didn’t seem to think much of me when they first met me but when I played I surprised them,” he said.

He said during his time at the club he was asked to help players improve their skills.

Maungwa began to coach cricket at DHS in 2007 on a part time basis, and continued working as a gardener.

He was then offered a full-time job as a coach, drove the school bus and was given a place to live at the school.

He currently coaches at the school and runs his own cricket academy.

Maungwa (36) was first recognised for his cricketing prowess at the age of 16 when an outreach programme came to his township in Harare.

He went on to play first-class cricket for the country and was part of a squad selected to play a Test series against Australia in 2004, but the series was cancelled.

“We woke up one morning and we had not been paid. We enquired about it and were told we had been fired,” he said.

That was when he decided he had to leave and on his first job, he was paid R50 a day and provided with three meals.

“I don’t regret my choices and I understand that everything happens for a reason. I am here today and have learnt many things on the way,” he said.

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