Cricket

Ntini opens cricket academy

2014-07-22 17:30
Makhaya Ntini (Gallo Images)

East London - Former Protea cricket legend Makhaya Ntini has officially opened the Makhaya Ntini Academy in Mdantsane, outside East London, on Tuesday.

The Mdingi Express, as he is known, said the opening of the Academy is a dream come true. "I’ve long dreamt of having a School of Excellence," Ntini said.

Every second Friday Ntini will run cricket clinics in an attempt to unearth the talent he is aware is available within the Eastern Cape, ready to be tapped and nurtured.

"We call these Fun Fridays," he said.

"Someone has to go out there, visit the schools and find the talent which I know is out there.

"And that someone is me. I will go out there and look for that talent.

The main sponsors of the initiative are Algoa FM radio station and Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) and Bellingham Smith.

His Academy will be more than just playing cricket. The focus will also be on tertiary education , fitness training, diet planning and nurturing life skills while those cricketers who show the right passion and have the talent will be guided to higher levels in the game.

Psychological assessments and counselling will also feature and Ntini will arrange bursaries and scholarships for deserving youngsters.

Ntini set the standard for black cricketers.

He was the first black South African to play international cricket, and since his debut back in 1997, only four other black cricketers have made it to Test level.

Ntini played in 101 Tests and is the bowler with the second-most Test wickets for South Africa, having captured 390, with Shaun Pollock with 421, just ahead of him.

His 13-132 against the West Indies in 2005 is the best return in a match for any South African bowler, while he is the only South African to take 10 wickets (5-75 and 5-145) at the headquarters of cricket, Lord’s in London which he accomplished against England in 2003.

The first Fun Friday will take place on 1 August 1.

Read more on:    makhaya ntini  |  east london  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

Big month in the world of golf as the FedEx Cup concludes on the PGA Tour, the Race to Dubai gathers steam on the European Tour and the Sunshine Tour offers local golfers the chance to bank some cash. Oh, and not forgetting the USA v Europe Ryder Cup showdown at Hazeltine!

Latest blogs
Vote

Under fire Proteas coach Russell Domingo has blamed player workloads and fatigue as the reason for the national team's woeful showing in the Tri Series in the Caribbean. Your thoughts?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.