Ntini: I can manage rugby role

2012-12-11 21:00

Cape Town - Former Proteas cricketer Makhaya Ntini is confident he will make a success of his new task of managing Kaizer Chiefs' sevens rugby team.

Ntini, 35, was on Monday named as Chiefs' manager for this weekend's 7sPL tournament at Outeniqua Park in George.

Ntini's appointment followed the decision by soccer giants Kaizer Chiefs to embrace another sporting code. The fast bowler joined numerous other sporting celebrities for the event which would see the country's leading provincial unions battle it out with Chiefs and other privately owned teams.

The tournament would be run along the lines of cricket's Indian Premier League and the winning team would earn R1m in prize money.

Ntini is not worried about his lack of experience in a rugby environment, insisting he can manage in his new role.

“Sport is sport. It doesn’t matter what kind of sport you played," he told the EWN website.

“The main focus is to motivate the guys, keep them on their toes and make sure they do things the right way.”

Chiefs will be captained by former Springbok wing Breyton Paulse, while former Bok centre Gcobani Bobo will act as coach.


  • morpheus.mafa - 2012-12-11 21:46

    Can it get any weirder that this, soccer club, rugby team and a cricketer, what a cocktail!...I'll wait and see, hoping April 1 hasn't come sooner than I had expected,,,hmmm!

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-12-11 21:50

      Lol bro, maybe it's got to do with this end of the world thing on the 21st :)

      mphokazi.mhlontlo - 2012-12-12 15:26

      hahahaha............funny staff right there fruit salad

      viva.lebok - 2012-12-13 00:22

      a cocktail thats going to end up in a cockup....that is guarenteed. The Captain is also a pensioner

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-12-12 04:43

    old Dale College boy & Dale is actually a rugby school for those that don't know. So I think he will do just fine. All the best, stay out of trouble.

  • graeme.stockwell - 2012-12-12 06:28

    hold on a cricket player, managing a team called kaiser chiefs that play rugby, this is not going to end well

  • steveroodt - 2012-12-12 07:11

    A great sportsman deserves the chance .

      simone.dechandra.7 - 2012-12-12 08:05

      the great fast bowler without a slower ball or a yorker - what a joke did he ever pitch one inside the batsman's half of the pitch?

      adriaan.dutoit.3 - 2012-12-12 09:14

      @simone - What an odd comment. There's quite a bit more to fast bowling than yorkers and slower balls. The man took 390 test wickets. Second-most ever for SA and 12th overall. More than Waqar Younis; one of the best yorker-bowlers in history. Kinda wondering what you intended with that comment.

      qtip.ngonyama - 2012-12-12 16:52

      @simone.dechandra.7: 390 Test wickets and he got 5 wickets in an innings 18 times. Curtley Ambrose and Courtney Walsh also guys who bowled very few if any slower balls and hardly pitched the ball up. Just stop hating and let the man try it, i think he's earned that for all he's done for South African sport.

      cponoane - 2012-12-15 10:47

      simone please dont be stupid , shut up if you have nothing sensible to say , and you obviously know nothing about cricket too. so go to hell

  • mzakes.matabata - 2012-12-12 08:01

    Good luck bro, to manage a sport team is a one size fits all thing you don't need to know the technicalities of the game just make sure they don't go under.

  • unclejb.vansiths - 2012-12-12 10:05

    Shaun ure a f@@k head

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-12 16:33

    Mixing different sporting codes you need charismatic leadership style and try to combine different motivational theories. anyway if you make it you will be the best but if it hapen you fail, have some guts to pick yourself up.

  • morpheus.mafa - 2012-12-12 19:45

    Kaizer Chiefs (soccer club), Kaizer Chiefs (rugby team) and just when we you thought we heard it all, Kaiser Chiefs (UK band - music)...Kaizer Chiefs political will just do us fine I

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-12 20:17

    Then we will have to Nationals Teams(Springbok and South African All Blacks), hayi Ntini don't kill me with laughter!

  • asanda.saliwa - 2012-12-14 10:48

    This is one of the few times I support my rivals Amakhosi. Shapa Khosi shapa

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-22 19:26

    Chiefs is a winning family so Ntini be aware of that we are not losers and we hate loosing at Makhosi so do the best you and the boys there you are representing a great team in PSL wich is on top of the log so we hope you win there and bring some thing home from our rugby team Chiefs rugby team.

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