Gogga new Cobras coach

2012-06-26 12:18

Cape Town - Western Cape Cricket on Tuesday announced the appointment of Paul Adams as the new Cape Cobras coach. Adams will report for duty on July 1, giving the team a three-month preparation period before the new season.

WCC chairperson, Peter Cyster, said, "Adams had shown his solid cricket credentials as a player in 45 Test matches and more recently as the Western Cape Academy coach, high performance spin-bowling consultant to Cricket South Africa and a top flight television analyst - and the WCC backed him to succeed in a job with high expectations".

CEO Andre Odendaal said, "There is a risk in going for a relatively young coach, but "Gogga" has that X-factor and we have a great squad which we believe can keep up the good performances of five trophies in the last four years. He is the face of the future and represents what we stand for as a brand".

WCC has also put in place a new leadership trio that will provide support to the new coach.

Salieg Nackerdien becomes the Cobras’ technical coach, Justin Ontong the new captain and Dane Vilas, who has recently played himself into the national T20 team, becomes vice-captain.

Adams said, "My experience in all forms of the game at the highest level, has given me real insight to the pressures modern cricketers face. I think this will be invaluable in creating good relationships and understanding with our current players. We also want to be a winning team, and while I will be in charge on the playing side, the focus will be on working as a group at all levels so that the Cobras can maintain their high standards and a “watchability” which appeals to the best fans in the country".


  • orrinf8 - 2012-06-26 12:29

    good luck Paul Adams

      Andrew - 2012-06-26 13:00

      Great Choice and well done Paul!!

  • frans.vanderpoll - 2012-06-26 12:33

    I still don't think his the best guy for the job,however I'm in no position to question the decision of the people in the know. Let's hope he appoints good batting and bowling coaches to assist him.

  • Joe - 2012-06-26 12:37

    Lets just pray he doesn't try to get Dale Steyn to copy his bowling action.

      Wesley - 2012-06-26 15:15

      agreed, but who hasnt tried that bowling action? too funny. good luck Paul! the Cobras have been so poor lately

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-06-26 12:38

    This is the best decision by cobras, Paul Adams is a legend

  • bfvillet - 2012-06-26 12:38

    well done and good luck paul

  • crousew - 2012-06-26 12:44

    Have a good look at the current trophies cause they will be the last!

  • crousew - 2012-06-26 12:47

    No more trophies!

  • Ian - 2012-06-26 13:04

    Another terrible decision by WP Cricket - leaderless

  • brian.heunis - 2012-06-26 13:57

    "Adams's only notable coaching experience is that of coach of the Western Cape Cricket academy and an assistant to Vincent Barnes at the Impi in the recent domestic T20 Challenge." - wow!

  • Waldo - 2012-06-26 14:03

    How is it possible that someone with no experience is best suited for the position. I do not believe that we do not have a person available in South Africa better suited for this position. I am all for giving a guy a chance but surely one should start as an assistant coach? I truly hope I am wrong but they might just regret this decision.

  • leonb50 - 2012-06-26 14:20

    Should never have played for the Proteas and as coach I question the appointment. This is why domestic cricket is so poorly attended, weak teams and coaches.

      Wesley - 2012-06-26 15:29

      please check stats when putting up a statement like, "Should never have played for the Proteas". He has better test stats than any other SA spinner. including symcox, botha, harris, boje!

      nasief.vanderschyff - 2012-06-26 22:21

      Hey dude....Check your stats before you embarass yourself again. The guy still has the best stats for a spinner. The fact that you are shooting from the hip makes me wonder what your objective is in discrediting Gogga's appointment. If it is not based on cricket stats, what is it based upon?

  • kenny.greenaway.3 - 2012-06-26 17:18

    Not his fault, He was probably pushed into the position by the you know who click. If you must blame someone blame the powers above. Just by the way did he ever score a 100 in his entire career at any level including school cricket? Who will he teach to bat? Batting coaches needed URGENTLY. Omar Henry would have been a better choice.

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