Players back Gogga - Ontong

2012-06-26 20:05

Cape Town - New Cobras captain Justin Ontong says Paul Adams's appointment as Cobras coach is a popular decision amongst the players.

Ontong was on Tuesday unveiled as the new captain of the franchise, replacing Justin Kemp.

"There will be no problem for the players co-operating with Paul," said Ontong.

"We have many experienced players who will help when needed and collectively we see every chance of the team moving to a higher level."

Adams will head up a new leadership trio at the franchise.

The 35-year-old former Proteas left-arm spin bowler will be assisted by 40-year-old Salieg Nackerdien who will be the technical coach.

Adams replaces Richard Pybus, who resigned four months ago after the players formally lodged a complaint with the Cobras' hierarchy about his management style.

"I've been part of the Cobras' structures both as a player and coach for many seasons and I have a good understanding of what is needed to have the players performing to the best of their ability," Adams said.

"I have a responsibility to provide an environment in which the players will thrive and keep growing.

Adams said he would heed the advice of the experienced players in the group whenever the need arose.

"I know people have questioned my transition from a player to head coach of the Cape Cobras but I've been part of the family for 17 years," said Adams.

"I've been in the Cobras' coaching structure for the past three years and there has been a good working relationship.

"We've reached a stage where we want to drive the franchise into a new era and, with the support and structures that have been put in place, I feel we can take the Cobras to a new level.

"Winning is vitally important and we must ensure that Cobras start winning championships again."

The vice-chairman of Western Cape Cricket (WCC) Beresford Williams said in the process of assembling the Cobras' new structures, it was decided to use talent from the region as a means of creating opportunities.

"It's part of our function as an organisation to use local talent and provide opportunities in the game," said Williams.

"The new appointments all have youth on their side and we are excited about how the team will respond under their guidance."

Another appointment was the franchise vice-captain Dane Vilas, 27, a wicketkeeper who is challenging for Proteas honours.

WCC's chief executive Andre Odendaal said Johannesburg-born Vilas had shown great improvement over the last year.

"Dane has shown leadership qualities and we see in him a role for the future," said Odendaal.

"He's really improved since he's been in Cape Town."


  • bennett.bailey.7 - 2012-06-26 20:49

    This is indeed a victory for transformation. Gogga and Justin deserve the opportunity and the leadership at Western Province provided such. Now lets provide our young from the Western Cape also an opportunity as given by the leadership to the coach and captain. Lets not follow rugby and go on a spending spree and buy out of town has beens. I will now buy a Western Province Cricket replica jersey and support our region. Viva WP and Cape Cobras. Western Cape lead and maybe others will follow.

      bfvillet - 2012-06-26 22:09

      share your sentiments 100% this is the way that sport should be going in SA i am very glad that the regions will now become part of the franchise and that the local talent will get the opportunity they deserve hope the project develops and grows in the western cape and can become a model for the rest of the country.

      Ken - 2012-06-26 22:39

      Bennett my friend...WPCU is not a goverment department, these guys are profesional sportsman!

      Ken - 2012-06-26 22:42

      @bfvillet...The only way sport should be going is 100% merit!

      Rob - 2012-06-27 09:40

      Of course they support Adams 80% of them are coloured. One for all, all for one !

      Peter - 2012-06-27 10:22

      @bennett: WP/Cobras has been picking locals for some time now! The team who won the 1-day cup last season had local players like Levi, Kallis, Duminy, Ontong, Peterson & Langeveldt in it. Also, Smith has been around for 9+ years and has spend virtually his whole career at WP. That leaves Kemp (who has helped the franchise to a few titles in his "retirement" years), Steyn (best quickie around), Boucher (SA keeper for the last forever) and Shah (overseas pro) as the only "non-locals". Most teams in the world would want those 4. The Cobras also played Gray, Puttick, Van Zyl, Vallie, Philander, Kleinveldt & Piedt, among others, in the Supersport series. Looks to me like a union who have been supporting all locals (I count 8 "transformation" & 6 local "non-transformation" players among those mentioned). Just support your team and stop worrying about "transformation". Do you think guys like Ontong, Duminy, Peterson, Langeveldt, Kleinveldt, Philander & Adams think of themselves as "transformation" players or guys who got there on merit?

  • Jed - 2012-06-27 06:55

    Ontong YES, Adams.......... God help us.

  • michael.kleber.376 - 2012-06-27 07:41

    I think if the man deserves the position and can deliver he must get the job , not based on skin colour because it just backfires , i am sure gogga would like to believe that he got the position because he can deliver and not to appease politicians etc.

  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-06-27 08:02

    How old is Ontong? and he is made captain? will ontong even make the side if : Smith, Levi, Gibbs, Duminy, Boucher, kallis, Steyn, Philander .... sorry WP cricket, this is 5 steps backwards. Mark my words, WP cricket is in sy ma se p (as gogga would say)!

  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-06-27 08:22

    We have all heard this tripe before by the mighty race whcih is faultless and knows everything. It started with Bryan Habana when selected for the boks. He was not good enough and must prove himself somewhere else. It went on and on and on. Alistair Coetzee was called all sort of names when he was still with the boks. He was appointed coach of stormers and the beautiful im so pure race started with their tripe again. Gogga I hope you shut this moron's like one's before you!!!

      Rob - 2012-06-27 09:44

      Blah, blah, blah, blah.....same old sob story. Proud member of the " beautiful im so pure race " as you put it. Structured, disciplined, hard working & creative......thats us !

  • louwc - 2012-06-27 09:27

    WPCU had 17 years to look at Gogga, the last 3 of which he was part of the coaching staff. I say they had enough time to qualify him as being ready and for that reason and because I personally like Gogga, I will fully support him!

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