Malibongwe Maketa, a former interim coach for the Proteas, says he will use his time at the Cricket SA national academy to improve his coaching abilities for possible future positions.
After Mark Boucher left, Maketa took over the Test series against Australia in the previous season. Maketa expressed interest in the Proteas coaching position during the ongoing search for Boucher’s replacement before Shukri Conrad and Rob Walter were appointed as the red and white ball coaches, respectively.
Advertisement The head coach of the SA U-19 Men’s team, who hails from Zwelitsha in the Eastern Cape, was retained by the CSA coaching structures. Additionally, for the 2023 season, he will be in charge of the men’s national academy team. The public foundation has throughout the years been a stage for players, mentors and chairmen to climb the positions in the framework.
Maketa is excited about the opportunity to serve as a mentor at the national academy because it will prepare him for higher-level work.
“It’s forever been an objective to work at the most significant level,” said Maketa addressing Sowetan at the focal point of greatness after the send off of the 2023 public institute.
The specifics shift when working with these young players and the Proteas. Now, on the other hand, there is a lot of detail and it is hard to know what to bring to Test cricket out of school.
“It’s about getting them to see the bigger picture of what needs to be done at the highest level.” He stated, “I think that when the opportunity arises for me to take the next step in my career, my coaching will be challenged in a different way.”
Maketa will collaborate with potential domestic and U-19 players, as well as ICC Africa-recommended players.
The players that have been identified have already been chosen with an end goal in mind, taking into consideration what we will require in two to three years. The players to plug those openings are here. Now it is up to us to ensure that we assist them in carrying out those responsibilities, he stated.
2023 CSA national men’s academy team:
Michael Copeland, Okuhle Cele, Duan Jansen, Valentine Kitime, Andile Mokgakane, Siya Plaatjie, Josh Richards, Caleb Seleka, Andile Simelane, Musa Twala, Mitchell van Buuren, Nealan van Heerden, George van Heerden, Adbulmumuni Taiwo Mohammed (Nigeria), Cosmas Kyewuta (Uganda), Mohamed Om