Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe resigns

File image: Enoch Nkwe.File image: Enoch Nkwe (right).

Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe has resigned.

Nkwe was appointed South Africa’s interim team director in 2019. He later moved to assistant coach on a full-time basis.

He missed the tour of the West Indies earlier this year. Titans head coach Mandla Mashimbyi, instead, assisted head coach Mark Boucher.

Whether Cricket South Africa formally accept Nkwe’s resignation remains in the balance.

“Nkwe has indeed signalled an intention to resign, and this matter is being considered by the board,” read a statement from Cricket South Africa.

“The chairperson and the acting chief executive officer are currently engaging with Nkwe about his future. A further statement will be made when these consultations have been concluded.”

Previously, Nkwe had been assistant coach of the Netherlands – and performed the same role for the Vancouver Knights in the Global T20 Canada.

He won titles as the head coach of the Lions – and led the Jozi Stars to the inaugural Mzansi Super League trophy.

Out goes Nkwe, but in comes Sammons

Meanwhile, batting consultant Justin Sammons has joined the Proteas coaching staff for next month’s tour of Sri Lanka.

Sammons has worked with the Lions – and will be with North West for South Africa’s 2021-22 domestic season.

“Sammons has been called up into the management team as a batting consultant,” read a statement from Cricket South Africa.

“Team bowling coach Charl Langeveldt and fast bowler Junior Dala will no longer take part in the tour due to Covid-19 protocol-related reasons in Sri Lanka.

Lutho Sipamla will replace Dala. Mashimbyi will replace Langeveldt.”

Sri Lanka and South Africa will contest three ODIs and as many T20Is from 2 to 14 September 2021. All the matches will be played at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo.

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