Cape Town - Carlo Ancelotti, the former manager of Real Madrid and Chelsea and widely regarded as one of
the greatest coaches in the history of world soccer, provided the highlight
with a moment of true inspiration for the three Cricket South Africa (CSA)
coaches who attended the International Leaders in Sport Conference in New York
The trio – Geoffrey Toyana, Enock Nkwe and Ikgomotseng Mothoa – were selected to
represent CSA at the Conference after winning the top three coaching awards at
CSA’s recent Awards Functions. Toyana, who led the bizhub Highveld Lions to the
Sunfoil Series title, was named PitchVision domestic professional coach of the
year, Nkwe of the Gauteng Cricket Board won the similar award in the
semi-professional section, while Mothoa of the Northerns Cricket Union won the
CSA Hub Coach/Administrator of the Year.
me take this opportunity to thank CSA for affording me the opportunity to
attend this informative leaders’ conference,” commented Toyana.
“It was quite refreshing to listen to world leaders in sport
speak about their experiences and philosophies.
“What stood out for me was the inspirational message of
Carlo Ancelotti: ‘There are learning opportunities every day and it is
important to identify and leverage these opportunities if indeed we intend to
pursue excellence - no matter what role we play in our franchises’."
Corrie van Zyl, CSA General Manager: Cricket, commented: “It
is important that we continue to create opportunities for our current and
future generation of coaches to interact with world leaders from other sporting
codes. As we all know there is no substitute for experience and our coaches,
who have enjoyed this opportunity, must now share their experience with our
“South Africa has proved itself to be a world leader in the
development of coaches with several of them having coached at international and
first-class level abroad and this is a vital part of our overall pipeline
development programmes. "I would also like to take this
opportunity to thank PitchVision for their commitment to the development of our
coaches around the country and in particular for their sponsorship of the Coach
of the Year Award over the next three years,” concluded Van Zyl.