In a dramatic turn of events, former Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe is set to be announced as the new director of cricket for Cricket SA (CSA), to replace Graeme Smith.
According to a circular distributed to the members of Central Gauteng Lions Cricket, which City Press has seen, Nkwe’s appointment will be announced by CSA later on Thursday.
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Nkwe quit his role as Proteas assistant coach to Mark Boucher in August last year. He apparently cited in his resignation letter that the environment within the management team had become a contaminated space for him to continue to work in. Nkwe’s appointment will be awkward as it now means he is Boucher’s boss as the Proteas head coach, and team management report to the CSA director of cricket.
After a brief spell out of the game following his resignation, Nkwe returned to the Lions in March this year as strategic cricket consultant. He will officially take up his new role on July 1.
Wanele Mngomezulu, the Lions marketing and communications boss, joins Nkwe as part of the new CSA executive management team. Mngomezulu will join CSA as the new chief marketing officer from August 1. City Press has been told Mngomezulu’s last day at the Lions is July 22.
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CSA has operated with a depleted executive for the past three years.
The cricket body formally opened a process to fill vacancies on its executive committee and publicly advertised five key executive positions. It was in the market for a director of cricket, chief financial officer, chief marketing officer, chief commercial officer and public affairs executive.
CSA announced Pholetsi Moseki as a permanent CEO in March, after he had acted in the position for a year and a half. Moseki’s executive team is taking shape, with Nkwe now joining it as director of cricket.