The Gauteng Cricket Board today has the pleasure to announce the appointment of Enoch Nkwe as the Head Coach of the Gauteng Strikers and High Performance.
Nkwe, a fully qualified Level Three coach, takes over the role with immediate effect and is an old face in the Gauteng Cricket Board structures where he has worked his way up the ladder over the last 20 years. This cricket story has humble beginnings in Soweto where he was born and got involved in Bakers Mini Cricket at the age of 11. When he turned 19, he was signed as a Rookie for the then Highveld Strikers team and was later contracted to the bizhub Highveld Lions team at the introduction of the franchise system.
It was during his coaching experience in Holland alongside Gary McDonald that Enoch became aware of his passion for coaching cricket and this became his focus after his retirement from playing in 2009. In September 2009, Nkwe was appointed in the position of Gauteng Strikers Assistant Coach and Academy Coach at the Gauteng Cricket Board. This role has over the years progressed into the position of High Performance Coach in charge of u/19, u/23 and the elite squads until his appointment of Head Coach of the Gauteng Strikers.
National coaching involvement came in 2011 when Nkwe was appointed as the Assistant Coach of the South Africa u/19 team and his most recent inclusion in the CSA Level Four Coaching Course.
“Enoch has shown dedication, commitment and a passion for taking the game of cricket to the next level and that is something that we were looking for in our appointment of the leadership for our senior teams,” said Cassim Docrat, Chief Executive Officer of the Gauteng Cricket Board.
“We are proud of his natural progression through the structures at the GCB and that our programme have delivered an individual that is fully qualified to ensure that the GCB teams remain a force to be reckoned with. This will ensure the development of players for the bizhub Highveld Lions and ultimately the Proteas,” Docrat said.
For Nkwe, this has been a dream come true. “It has been a long road and often one is not certain of where it leads but I am relishing the opportunity to be at the head of the Gauteng Strikers team. Cricket has been an integral part of life for myself and my family and so it has always been clear as to where I wanted by coaching career to grow to,” said Nkwe.
“I’ve been privileged to take coaching guidance from great coaches like Lawrence Mahatlane, Grant Morgan, Gary McDonald and Ray Jennings throughout my career. I am grateful for the confidence that the Gauteng Cricket Board has shown in me and am ready to get started on the hard work that lies ahead,” said Nkwe.