Former provincial player Lefa Mosena is excited about the talent in the Madibaz Cricket Club after taking over as the head coach last month.
The 32-year-old, a batsman-wicketkeeper who represented the Knights, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal Inland, began on July 1 and said he was enjoying working with “a young and vibrant group of players.”
“A major positive for Madibaz is the number of new and young players who are involved with the club,” he said.
“To this add the interest shown by matric students to link up with the institution and it all augurs well for the future of the club.”
He realised, though, that there was much work to be done for Madibaz to remain a competitive outfit.
“A lot of emphasis will be placed on improving our performances at our national weeks and competitions,” said Mosena.
“The upliftment and support of our ladies’ team is also an issue that is high on the priority list.”
Mosena grew up in Bloemfontein and cricket was always a big part of his life.
After matriculating from St Andrew’s School he represented the Free State and Knights teams.
He then played for the KZN Inland team from 2015 to 2018, while obtaining a Level 2 coaching certificate during his career.
“I was looking for a change and to grow my coaching career so I made contact with Madibaz Cricket Club to enquire if there was a coaching opportunity available,” said Mosena.
“What the club wanted to achieve was in line with what I was looking for in terms of innovation and creativity, and also presented an opportunity to further my coaching career.”
Mosena acknowledged his mentors who had helped him to develop as a coach.
“I must say a special thanks to Shane Burger, Grant Morgan and Jason Sathiaseelan, who mentored me during my coaching career.”
Madibaz Sport cricket manager Sipho Sibande said they were excited to be working with Mosena.
“He is a young coach with a fresh perspective on how to take the game forward,” he said.
“We are a team under construction and believe his knowledge will be crucial in getting this young group of players to the next level. We wish him everything of the best.”