Assistant coach Siya Sibiya has expressed sincere gratitude to Langa Cricket Club and Primrose Cricket Club after being included in South Africa’s staff for next year’s Under-19 World Cup.
Sibiya played for Primrose Cricket Club and Langa Cricket Club in Cape Town before joining the Central Gauteng Lions in Johannesburg. He was then appointed South Africa Under-19 coach for February 2019’s tour of India.
His role will continue alongside fellow assistant coach Chris van Noordwyk during the Under-19 World Cup in South Africa early next year.
What Sibiya said
“A massive shout out to Primrose Cricket Club for giving me my first proper coaching job – and my community club Langa Cricket Club for the support, even though I’m afar. I really do appreciate everyone involved in my journey. I will sure make you all proud and honour the badge on my chest,” said Sibiya.
Meanwhile, Pinelands Cricket Club’s Jonathan Bird is the only Western Province representative in the South Africa Under-19 squad.
Bird debuted for Pinelands in a key 2019-20 Western Province Cricket Association first division B fixture against St Augustine Cricket Club in late October.
“If he stays fit he will play for South Africa within the next five to six years. Right now, he is the best young white-ball cricketer in South Africa,” said Cricket South Africa talent scout Graham October earlier this year.
“He is a proper cricketer and he possesses all the qualities to play for South Africa one day. He is humble, grounded. He knows what his challenges are and is working on them.”