Nelson Mandela University cricketers Tian Koekemoer and Lutho Sipamla have set themselves new goals after being chosen for the University Sport South Africa team following the recent tournament in Pretoria.
Allrounder Koekemoer and Sipamla, a 19-year-old fast bowler, were two of the standout players for Madibaz at the week and will be looking to build on that this season.
In the short-term, the pair will be hoping to make an impact for the Eastern Province team who compete in the Sunfoil three-day and one-day domestic competitions.
The 24-year-old Koekemoer, who is in his final year of a media and communications degree but will continue his studies next year, sees the current season as one of major opportunities.
“This is going to be an important season and my big goal is to do well for EP,” he said.
“We have set ourselves team goals and I will be focused on those and just try to get recognition through good performances.”
Sipamla, a business management student, said he wanted to use the opportunity in the national team when they play in the CSA Future Cup next year to showcase his skills at a higher level.
“I felt I had a good USSA week, but I really just want to keep improving, with a goal of playing at a franchise level, and perhaps even higher.
“I just think I need to work on my consistency and aggression, as well as my match awareness. Even though I believe that it (match awareness) is high, there’s always room for improvement.”
Madibaz enjoyed a successful USSA week, although Koekemoer said they were disappointed to fall just short in the final when they lost to Pretoria University by five runs.