‘Cones boy’ Nkwe resigns from CSA

Nkwe was the assistant coach for Proteas team, from Gauteng and Highveld Lions and later joining the Gauteng Lions as head coach.

Cricket SA tried in vain to convince him to stay but Nkwe’s mind was made up because amongst his concerns; were he was being reduced to ‘cones boy’ and the functioning and culture of the Proteas team environment.

The Cricket South Africa (CSA) board asked the assistant coach to reconsider and opened up discussions after receiving his resignation letter, but it was confirmed on Wednesday that he would be stepping down.

“While every effort was made to retain his services, Enoch has decided to focus on personal growth and professional development,” a statement read.

“The board engaged with Enoch to explore whether there was a way to retain his services but this was unsuccessful. During these discussions he also raised concerns about the functioning and culture of the team environment.

“This affords him the opportunity to return to the system in the future with a better sense of himself and being certain of the direction of his career. He has emphasised his unwavering commitment to SA cricket and especially the men’s team as they embark on a key tour to Sri Lanka in preparation for the T20 World Cup in October.

 “The board will be taking the necessary steps to investigate and address the issues raised by Enoch. We will not be commenting further on this until the process has been completed.

Nkwe’s resignation follows the startling revelations at CSA’s Social Justice and Nation Building hearings.

The hearing has seen some of (most) black players’ being treated unfairly, amongst others. They made their representations at the hearing chaired by Adv Dumisa Ntsebeza.

“I’d be lying if I said (the SJN hearings) didn’t have an impact on us as a team,” South Africa’s limited overs captain, Temba Bavuma, was quoted.

“The board has mandated the acting CEO, Pholetsi Moseki, to oversee a process to urgently find a replacement for Enoch ahead of the T20 World Cup.

CSA board chair Lawson Naidoo added: “It is deeply disappointing to lose someone of Enoch’s calibre at this time, but we fully understand and respect his decision. We are comforted by the fact that he remains committed to SA cricket, and hope that he will be back serving the game that we all love. He has been and continues to be an inspiration to young cricketers and coaches.”

Nkwe’s resignation shows the racism outplaying itself at CSA.

Image (Hurt and disappointed, Enoch Nkwe who resigned as Proteas asst coach this week).

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