Ntini set for ambassador role

2011-05-23 16:35

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday, announced that former Proteas fast bowler Makhaya Ntini will be the first CSA Cricket Development Ambassador.

The announcement was made during the unveiling of the newly renovated G.B Molefe hostel which houses the CSA Fort Hare Cricket Academy bursary players.

Ntini, who announced his retirement from international cricket last year, is excited to take this latest step in his crusade for the further development of cricket in rural Eastern Cape.

"I am very happy to continue working with CSA but in this different avenue. I am very passionate about cricket especially in the forgotten parts of South Africa in the rural areas like the one I come from," said Ntini.

This latest journey will allow me to continue spreading the word about cricket and bring the spotlight to the young boys and girls from the smaller areas in South Africa," he said.

CSA CEO Gerald Majola said: "Makhaya is a true ambassador of the sport, he has done more for the game of cricket than anybody in promoting the game. We are honoured as CSA that he is lending his name and his time to the development of cricket.

"We have seen many stars come and go and we at CSA decided that, when Makhaya Ntini retires, he cannot be gone completely from the world of cricket because many players still need to learn from his experience, this is why we believe that he is the perfect candidate for the post of Ambassador of Cricket Development," Majola continued.

Ntini, amongst other things, will help CSA identify areas that need the most assistance to put developmental structures in place. He will also be an active talent scout in these areas to ensure that a steady flow of the stars of tomorrow comes from the Eastern Cape.

He hailed the work that is being done by former Proteas fast bowler Mfuneko Ngam with the academy in Fort Hare. "Mfuneko is one of the hardest working foot soldiers of cricket in the Eastern Cape and the work that he has done with the academy needs to be commended. I look forward to working closely with him in the future," he commented.

The Fort Hare Cricket Academy, which was established in 2008, has become one of the most sought after bursaries for aspiring cricketers in the Eastern Cape, offering players the opportunity to study as well as to be trained vigorously in the game of cricket.

Molefe House was built in 1932 and was revamped by CSA in order to give the Academy players the opportunity to live under the same roof.

Majola also handed over cricket equipment to rural cricket teams on behalf of long time CSA friend, Dubai businessman, Shyam Bhatia of Cricket for Care. Representatives from the rural teams were on hand to accept the kit.

Majola extended his thanks to Bhatia, who was unable to attend the event: "Shyam is passionate about spreading the development of cricket throughout underprivileged areas worldwide but more specifically in the rural areas and I would like to thank him for his continued support of South African cricket and his generosity towards the development of the game."


  • Efpee - 2011-05-23 16:44

    Well done Makhaya. SA is proud of you. Keep up the good work. And may there be many, many more success stories in your life which will give others courage to uplift themselves.

      christine - 2011-05-23 18:25

      Hear hear---- I agree --he is a true South African hero--a gentleman and a great role model--keep up the good work and may you have many many more ''wickets'' in your new career

      Rodney Emmerich - 2011-05-23 18:49

      I agree , but please don't soil your name & reputation Tiger , I mean Cheetah Woods style

      Sipho - 2011-05-24 14:50

      Ntini, the true hero to millions in SA. Hope you prosper bru. You are a true world champion.... unlike some of the numpties in our current leadership team.

  • Razz-ma-Tazz - 2011-05-23 16:51

    Hamba Makhaya, you are a STAR.....and a true SA ambassador. We will certainly hear a lot of you in future.Plse do SA another favour, become a friend of Malema and show him how to become a GENTLEMAN.

  • pulanem - 2011-05-23 17:04

    u deserve it makhaya and gud luck!

  • v3 - 2011-05-23 19:05

    Good for him. Her's hoping he is as good off the field as on it.

  • GASH5000 - 2011-05-23 19:48

    Awe, well done Mvetu. Just be careful when you around the ladies, remember waht happened last time, heh. You might not be so lucky this time. Ah but good luck, sharp, bra!

  • Johann - 2011-05-23 19:49

    sdsdsdsd, I think Makhaya has all those merchandise already, why are U advertising here?? Nice job Mr. Ntini, nice job!!!

      Julius Dilem - 2011-05-24 06:57

      Don't be stupid - why would Makhaya even read this artcile - it is aimed at you - the stupid idiots out there.

  • Trevor - 2011-05-23 20:05

    Good one!!

  • Sheda Hab - 2011-05-23 20:21

    Well done brother -

  • Goddok - 2011-05-24 04:21

    And they can nor find a job for Alan Donald to retain his experience.

      Julius Dilem - 2011-05-24 06:58

      Hear Hear!!! Donald was 1000 times better than Makhaya

      RL - 2011-05-24 08:21

      ad didnt want to be a development ambassador, he wanted to be part of the national set up bricks...

      buzzliteyear - 2011-05-24 08:54

      No job for Donald or Kirsten, or any other great players (Jonty) in SA Cricket. Such a waste of talent and expertise that is given to other cricketing nations. Kenya / Pakistan saw value in Jonty to great benefit. Gary is only #1 in SA Cricket eyes because of what he has achieved for India. Well Done Gary!!!! Look what Donald did for NZ bowlers, a country with so few cricketers.Made us look silly at the World Cup. Interesting to see who they give SA job to, to take us forward to next World CUp.......but first drop Smith as Captain and let hiom earn his place as a Batsman!!!

  • buzzliteyear - 2011-05-24 08:50

    "done more to promote cricket than anyone else" We forget the rape charge and "technicality" of the appeal = another cheater on their spouse. When he was finally dropped from the Test Team for absolutely poor performance, he publicaly cried "racism" and played the race card for being dropped. How is that all good for the image of SA Cricket and the development of all. Granted, he rose from nothing was given all the opportunities and took them, as well as for a good period of time played cricket for SA on merit and we all loved him for his performances during the time. Who could forget 10 wickets at Lords, what an achievement. But, like many great sportsmen of today, he ends a relatively successful career with a tarnished image. Many have done alot more for SA Cricket then him and do not get the recognition, but we do need to take the game to the whole of SA. Debatable if he is the right person to do it..............

  • Keith Rentzke - 2011-05-24 09:45

    Well done Makhaya!! You make us proud. Continue your good work and bring us more cricketers like yourself. Excellent news!

  • Nawe - 2011-05-24 12:28


  • Sipho - 2011-05-24 14:51

    Ntini for coach of SA in 2020... anyone else wishing for that?

      DeonL - 2011-05-24 15:08

      No, rather pick an all rounder like Shaun Pollock. Ntini knows nothing about batting, fielding and coaching.

      Werner - 2011-05-24 15:18

      I don't recall Gary Kirsten ever doing much bowling but I believe he coached India to World Cup champions. I agree though, we need a better all rounder, but that's not an exclusivity.

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