The Easterns Titans franchise is pleased to announce the appointment of Mandla Mashimbyi as the new Assistant Coach of The Unlimited Titans.
Mashimbyi started his cricket career in Phalaborwa through the development programme of Limpopo in 1996. In the year 2002, he joined the Northerns Cricket Union Academy and went on to make his first class debut the following year for Griqualand West Cricket Union. He played alongside names such as Shaheed Afridi, Loots Bosman and Wendell Bossenger. When the franchise system started, he was contracted by the then Eagles franchise for two seasons.
In 2006 he came back to Pretoria to continue his cricket career with Northerns and the Titans. In 2007 he enrolled for a CSA Level II Coaching Course and started coaching on a private basis. Mashimbyi retired as a player in 2010 and decided to share his vast cricket experience through coaching for Limpopo Impala Cricket, where he assumed head coaching responsibilities for the senior and U19 teams. He obtained his Level III coaching qualification the same year.
“It is important for us to appoint coaches that the fans can identify with. Mandla’s appointment will go a long way in growing the interest of the game in previously untapped communities,” said Jacques Faul, Chief Executive Officer of the Easterns Titans franchise.
Speaking about the appointment, Rob Walter Head Coach of The Unlimited Titans said: “Personally I am very excited to have Mandla join The Unlimited Titans family, these are new and exciting times for the franchise and to have another home grown face on the management staff who understands the set-up and culture can only add value. We look forward to his energy and enthusiasm in our environment and I have no doubt that this opportunity will do wonders for his growth as a coach.”
Mashimbyi said: “I feel really blessed and honored to become part of the coaching staff of The Unlimited Titans. This has been a dream since I retired from playing and I am excited about the opportunity to add value and contribute to the continued growth and success of the team.”
“I believe this is also a great opportunity for me to grow as a coach and especially as a person,” said Mashimbyi.