The recent promotion of the Gugulethu Cricket Club to the second division of the Western Province Cricket Association has presented a once in a life time opportunities for players, coaches and even local business to bowl over the competition. This is the message from the team chairperson Mxolisi Njengele after it was announced that Gugulethu will be promoted from 1D division to 1A, which is just a notch below the province’s premier league division. Gugs was pipped out by Langa Cricket club who have been promoted to the premier league and won’t be relegated regardless of their position on the log for the 2017/18 season which kicks off in October. Langa faced tough competition from Gugs and Khayelitsha cricket clubs. The decision to promote two teams was decided by the WPCA local leagues committee’s recommendations, largely governed by Cricket South Africa transformation objectives which urged that a Black African club must join the premier league while another needs to be promoted to the second tier division. According to Njengele, this is still a huge opportunity for local cricket to improve the Gugulethu team. “This will allow us to keep the players that we have been developing because in the past we would groom players in our youth teams but they would head to teams who are performing at higher divisions. Now we will also be able to train coaches, which will also bode well for their careers,” he said. The Gugulethu Cricket Club, which was founded in 1972, has a rich history, but has been languishing in the doldrums.Njengele said they hope that the promotion will attract local players who are serious about the game. “Now that we are competing just under the premier league, we will need these guys that are aspiring to play competitively. There are many players from Gugulethu and surrounding areas that are plying their trade in other teams,” he said. The team has more than 140 members with seven youth teams scaled by age as well as three adult teams that are graded.The A team being the one that will play in the division. It’s not all celebrations as the promotion comes with a few headaches for the team. Njengele says that they need structural improvement of their facility to be able to compete with the big boys. “We need pitch covers, practice nets, a side screen as well a scoreboard. We will also need to equip our management team with relevant skills to do the job,” he said. He called on local business, political heads as well as the community to help raise funds for these improvements. “Just like we struggle to keep good players because we struggle to pay them as a result of lack of funds, we are also struggling to bankroll the changes we need. So we are saying to businesses now is the time to give valuable support to local cricket by sponsoring the team,” he said. Njengele said their ambitions was to stay afloat but to excel. “The first objective is to stay in that division, but we are looking at working and earning a promotion to the premier league.” For those who can lend support to the team they can contact the chairman on 0827050328.