Ancelotti inspires SA coaches

2015-07-07 13:08
Carlo Ancelotti (File)

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 last week. 

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. 

“Firstly, let 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 other coaches. 

“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.

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