Gogga in line for Cobras coach

2012-05-11 08:03

Cape Town - Former Proteas spinner Paul "Gogga" Adams could be appointed as the next coach of the Cape Cobras franchise.

According to Die Burger, the 35-year-old Adams is one of five candidates who applied for the vacant coaching position after Richard Pybus resigned in March.

The others are Salieg Nackerdien (Western Province's amateur coach), Barney Mohamed (Boland's amateur coach), Rob Walter (Proteas fitness coach), and Andy Moles (former New Zealand and Free State coach).

Adams, who played 45 Tests for South Africa, is one of Cricket South Africa's spin bowling coaches and coached Western Province and Boland's academy teams in recent years. He also assisted Vincent Barnes at the newly formed Impi franchise in the recently concluded MiWay T20 Challenge.

But whoever gets the Cobras job is sure to have a tough task in building up team morale.

The Cobras were a divided side towards the end of last season, which led to a disastrous T20 campaign and the subsequent resignation of Pybus.

Pybus said he was undermined in his job by a range of issues to do with Western Cape Cricket (WCC) CEO Andre Odendaal and the franchise.

His resignation came as a surprise at the time since the team had won three trophies out of a possible six in the past two seasons under him.

However, even though his effectiveness as a coach had been widely lauded, a range of issues which had been simmering within the Cobras squad led to a player delegation meeting with Odendaal.

These issues are believed to include what some players termed “questionable selections”, not giving young local players opportunities and the granting of a new two-year contract to captain Justin Kemp, while some believed he had not been performing consistently enough.


  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-05-11 08:35

    if there is a batting and bowling coach as well then fine, but if he is the only coach then all he can coach the team on is spin lol. i say this as our proteas didn't have a batting coach at the freaking world cup! van zyl (a fast bowler) was head coach and barnes was bowling coach. what a huge oversight

      Squeegee - 2012-05-11 10:07

      Nice guy but the worst technique in world cricket.

  • Emile - 2012-05-11 08:43

    scraping the bottom of the barrel!

  • Frans - 2012-05-11 09:01


  • Stormflat - 2012-05-11 09:12

    Why not Vinny...

  • Ian - 2012-05-11 09:27

    Oh what a disaster - none of the listed candidates are suitably qualified for this post and the absence of other highly qualified and distinguished candidates speaks to the squabbling and politicking going on that these candidates want no part of. Cricket administration in SA has gone from an exemplary world model to one dictated by cronyism, corruption and maladministration through nothing else than incompetence. It starts with credible and competent leadership - get it right man this is not difficult!!!!

  • Kevin - 2012-05-11 09:49

    and out comes all the racists

      Facts - 2012-05-11 10:23

      Keep the Cape (all) Sport management positions coloured. It's a fact and nothing to do with racism.

  • roberta.keeling - 2012-05-11 10:51

    They can't be serious!! If they appoint him, the Cobras will become the laughing stock of the country! As a matter of fact - few of the names mentioned sound inspiring. But I think the reason why Pybus left should be cleared up first, as Odendaal and his cronies seem to like to interfere with things they have very little understanding of. Another lot of "managers" that are in for the good life and perks of the job! Get decent, wel known and sucessful cricket people in - then we can expect super results!

  • Jack - 2012-05-11 20:16

    This is shocking - and to think of all the world-class coaches who hail from the Cape - Kirsten, Simons, Upton - to mention but a few of the big guns! They can't be serious???

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