Boucher’s former assistant Nkwe joins Lions as strategic cricket consultant


It is Nkwe’s first appointment since he stepped down from his position with the boys’s nationwide staff final yr

Enoch Nkwe, first interim staff director after which assistant coach of the South Africa males’s nationwide staff between August 2019 and August 2021, has been appointed as strategic cricket advisor by Lions within the South African home set-up.
It’s a short-term, two-month appointment, the primary for Nkwe since he stepped down from the job with the nationwide staff due to what ESPNcricinfo understood on the time to be disillusionment with the job itself, and variations of opinion with head coach Mark Boucher, although the problems weren’t associated to race.

“This has been a number of months within the making with myself, the staff and Enoch expressing an curiosity in working collectively as soon as extra,” Lions cricket CEO Jono Leaf-Wright mentioned in a press release. “All of it comes right down to excessive efficiency – we attempt for establishing constructions that can drive excessive efficiency, impacting women and men.

“Enoch will work with our framework coaches and our system on this area in addition to the semi-professional Imperial Lions ladies’s staff and the Imperial Lions males’s staff. We all know that Enoch will add large worth when it comes to what gamers we wish to retain, who we wish to appeal to and the way finest to place ourselves shifting into the following season.”

Nkwe has an extended affiliation with the staff, having performed first-class cricket for Gauteng and Lions from 2002-09, after which served as head coach of the Gauteng Underneath-19s, Gauteng Strikers and Lions Cubs aspect. With the Lions franchise, Nkwe gained the first-class and T20 competitions in 2018-19, and was additionally the pinnacle coach at Jozi Stars after they gained the inaugural Nzansi Tremendous League in 2018. Nkwe has additionally labored as assistant coach with the Netherlands males’s staff.

“Lions Union have been profitable during the last couple of seasons below the management of the CEO Jono Leaf-Wright, head coach Wandile Gwavu and the remainder of the Lions employees,” Nkwe mentioned. “Everyone knows that Lions Cricket has the perfect cricketing system within the nation, so I’m assured in my choice to be right here, and hope to assist the system attain even larger heights.”

When he stepped down as Boucher’s assistant on August 24, 2021, sources near each Nkwe and Boucher had informed ESPNcricinfo that the pair’s personalities have been incompatible and Boucher’s robust presence as a coach left Nkwe feeling sidelined. On the similar time, Nkwe additionally wished to have much less of a job at coaching periods and extra enter into the technical elements of the sport.

It’s not identified at this stage if Nkwe will testify at Boucher’s disciplinary hearing in Could, however it’s unlikely. Nkwe informed native media just lately that regardless of being talked about a number of instances in Boucher’s chargesheet, he had not seen the doc and regarded the difficulty as being between CSA and Boucher, and never a private matter between him and Boucher.
Individually, CSA is anticipated to promote for the position of director of cricket with Graeme Smith‘s contract getting over on the finish of March. ESPNcricinfo understands that Smith is unlikely to hunt an extension within the position. Additionally it is understood that Nkwe has expressed an curiosity within the place, together with Ashwell Prince, who resigned from his stint as Bangladesh batting coach earlier this month.

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