‘One of the key factors that helped me was being a coach at Primrose Cricket Club’

File image: Siya Sibiya.

Former Langa Cricket Club, Primrose Cricket Club and Western Province Cricket Club cricketer Siya Sibiya has been appointed assistant coach for South Africa Under-19’s tour of India later this year.

Sibiya has succeeded the outgoing Wandile Gwavu, after leaving the Western Province Cricket Association for the Central Gauteng Lions (formerly Gauteng Cricket Board) last year.

“He has been a part of our structures for a long time, so this is well-deserved,” said Cricket South Africa general manager Corrie van Zyl.

“Siya is one of the young coaches who has gone through our development structures, from the hubs systems through to the Talent Acceleration Programmes and the academy sides. It is pleasing to see the fruits of our coaching programmes come to bear.

“He has a bright future in the game, and I am sure the team will be very delighted to have Siya as a part of the set-up.”

South Africa Under-19 head coach Lawrence Mahatlane added: Siya is a young man, but he has quite a reputation in the Cape, where he has done a lot of good work over the years, particularly in Cape Town. This is an opportunity for him to hopefully grow as a coach and share in some of our experiences.

“As the head coach, I always want to know what my coaches will do differently or what we can put together. I think it is important to have different views and opinions on many situations to be able to get the best out of the players and the team.”

Sibiya concluded: “First of all, I want to give credit to CSA and the structures in place. One of the key factors that helped me was being a hub coach at Primrose Cricket Club, where I learnt to not only improve my coaching but also the administrative side.”