Cricket bounces back to life in Langa; join us for a fun-filled day

2017-12-21 06:00
Siya Simetu, Nono Pongolo and Malusi Siboto and Temba Bavuma will be in action.

Siya Simetu, Nono Pongolo and Malusi Siboto and Temba Bavuma will be in action.

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The Langa Stadium will be a hive of activity when Langa Cricket Club hosts an all day cricket festival on Saturday 30 December.

The club was established in 1976 by migrant workers.

The club’s founding captain, Mathembu Ndlumbini is still alive and well, and resides in the area.

The 1970’s and 1980’s was an interesting time for cricket in Langa as many great players came through; the likes of Stamford Somyo, ‘Killer’ Mshumpela, the Malamba family (Ben, Basil and Rodney), Junior Sokhanyile, Ezra Cagwe and Solomon Fassie.

In the 1990’s cricket was in full swing in Langa.

The hard work of the pioneers and the likes of John Passmore and Bob Woolmer produced quality cricketers for the junior national sides and junior provincial sides.

The one notable player was Morgan Mfobo, the first black African to make the South African Schools team since unity in 1992.

The others that followed were the likes of Freeman Simelela, Thami Tsolekile, Albert Nkomo and Cyprian Nyulu.

In recent years, the club has continued to produce provincial players with the current crop of players representing South Africa’s first class system.

The players involved are Thami Tsolekile, Themba Bavuma, Malusi Siboto, Nono Pongolo and Siyabulela Simetu, with few more in on the fringes.

Club spokesman Phumzile Malotana said through the all day cricket festival, they hope to create a buzz around cricket in the community.

“We hope to spark excitement and interest in cricket in the community as well as inspiring our youth by showcasing our past club heroes, many of whom have come through similar circumstances that the youth of our community are facing today.

“Hopefully through the all day cricket festival we will encourage the youth to aspire to be the future heroes of the Langa community and show them it is possible to go all the way to the top in sport,” said Malotana.

He said a club, they plan to also involve all the members of the community and have invite the whole community to come celebrate this day .

We want create ‘Cricnic’’ an something that embodies both cricket and picnic atmosphere,” he added.

Local players who are playing for franchises and the nationa teams like Temba Bavuma,

Nabeal Dien, general manager of the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) said: “This festival is set to accelerate the production of black players at franchise and national level and revive the game in the township that produced the likes of Thami Tsolekile and South Africa’s latest test debutant, Temba Bavuma.

In its debut in 2014, the inaugural Langa Cricket Festival was attended by Tsolekile, Siya Simetu, Nono Pongolo and Malusi Siboto, who were all born and bred in the township.

Beresford Williams, president of WPCA said: “The Langa festival is sponsored by Cricket South Africa (CSA), the WPCA and is supported by Kookaburra and Sportsman’s Warehouse, first lured about 1500 people. We had cricket clinics, while Simetu, Siboto, Tsolekile and Bavuma hosted four participating teams.

“The festival is an annual event on the CSA- and WPCA-calendar,” .

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