Ngam coaching manager

2008-03-31 13:03

Alice - Former Proteas fast bowler Mfuneko Ngam has been appointed the coaching manager at the Dr Krish Mackerdhuj Indoor Cricket facility, based at the University of Fort Hare in Alice.

This was announced on Monday by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and the University of Fort Hare (UFH).

The 29-year-old Ngam, who had to cut short his cricketing career due to various injuries that kept him on the sidelines, has expressed his desire to help with development of the sport he loves so much.

"I am excited by this appointment. Moreover, that I shall be based at the University, it will help with research on nutrition, because my career was cruelly brought to a stop by not having a sufficient nutritious diet during my upbringing.

I now have an opportunity to help the aspirant cricketers from the rural areas of Eastern Cape to make the right choices.

"I shall also encourage them that education is the key, so that they can become better people and positively serve their communities."

Cricketers of the Year

Ngam played three Tests and took 11 wickets for South Africa. He made his debut against New Zealand at the Liberty Life Wanderers in Johannesburg in December 2000 before he played what was sadly to become his last Test against Sri Lanka at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town in early 2001, where he took his best career figures of 3/26.

He was also voted one of the five Cricketers of the Year in 2001.

Ngam will be responsible for the well-being of cricketers in the areas of Healdtown, Alice and his birthplace, Middledrift. He will, among others, coach the first men and women's teams at UFH.

He will also run the UFH Academy and run the Levels 1 and 2 coaching courses and identify talent for the emerging squad from the area.

CSA High Performance general manager, Vince van der Bijl, said he was excited by having Ngam on board as a coach in an area that has produced leaders in politics, business and sport.

Talented players

"We believe Mfuneko Ngam has the drive, the attitude, the character and a track record of working through the Centre of Excellence in Motherwell, with his academy, which will enable him to build and develop cricket in this region.

"We welcome him to this position and look forward to seeing the results of his work in developing talented players and coaches in the area.

"This programme is very much in keeping with CSA's vision of being a national sport of winners. We believe this area will produce Proteas cricketers and are looking forward to working with the University in this development programme.

"Their support for the programme has been marvellous and will produce real benefit to cricket in research, ground maintenance programmes and the like. This is the first step in an important and long term relationship."

The director of sports at UFH, Thierry Tison said: "The appointment of Ngam is a milestone for South Africa and represents a crucial component of long-term talent development in an area abundantly rich in mainly black talent, history and passion for the game of cricket."