National cricket honour for NMMU’s Riaan Osman

2016-02-24 06:00
NMMU Sports Administrator Riaan Osman. Photo: SUPPLIED

NMMU Sports Administrator Riaan Osman. Photo: SUPPLIED

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A PE sports administrator who has always striven to serve his country as team manager, can finally tick off that life goal from his bucket list.

Riaan Osman, deputy director of Madibaz Sport has been appointed manager of the SA U19 cricket team that competed in Bangladesh recently.

“I was humbled by Cricket South Africa’s faith in me,” said Osman.

“This was the first time that I’d worked with a team at this level and I wanted to ensure that their only focus was on the field of play. My job was to ensure that the rest was in place.”

Osman said the team were very disappointed, regarding the fact that SA were knocked out early after a shock two-wicket loss to Namibia.

Before, he had worked with international teams such as Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Ireland and IPL giants Mumbai Indians.

Osman’s success has stemmed from building a set of skills and then building more.

“Studying a sport qualification is not enough. You need to network during your studies and be prepared to accept job opportunities without any remuneration.

“At the same time, only settling to play cricket without studying or developing a trade is not ideal,” he said. – REPORTER

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