Wandile Gwavu (List by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Photos)
- At 33, Wandile Gwavu is South Africa’s youngest domestic franchise coach.
- He obtained the Cricket SA Coach of the Season award in the extinguish weekend’s virtual award ceremony after main the Lions to the 4-Day title.
- In three years, Gwavu rose from coaching the Lions Under-19s to assisting Lawrence Mahatlane on the SA Under-19s , and later became Enoch Nkwe’s assistant on the Lions.
South Africa’s youngest domestic franchise coach, Wandile Gwavu, the newly topped coach of the season, revealed that he came shut to giving up on his coaching profession as no longer too lengthy ago as 2016.
Gwavu become one amongst the of us honoured in the extinguish weekend’s Cricket South Africa (CSA) awards, getting the Coach of the Year gong in precisely his first season as Lions head coach.
The 33-one year-frail, who’s the youngest of the six franchise mentors on the domestic circuit, said he become at dwelling in Port Elizabeth when his coaching profession stalled and alternatives dried up, and he pondered packing it in.
Nonetheless assembly Jap Province Cricket supervisor Colin Gxowa, who helped him join the Lions’ coaching ranks, changed the route of his profession and sparked what has develop into one amongst essentially the most promising coaching skills of most modern years.
“I become in PE, pissed off and I become prepared to conclude coaching,” he beneficial Sport24.
“I wanted to conclude coaching. I had had enough, despite the indisputable truth that I become gentle very young in my coaching profession.
“I always had the knowing that that I had the ability to say on the next level, which is always the case with any young player or coach, whereby you always desire to kind it to that next level.
“Colin Gxowa recruited me from PE and brought me to Johannesburg. I construct no longer know what he noticed in me in the interim however from there, things went successfully.
“I got to say a victorious Lions Under-19 aspect in 2017 and after that, Enoch came to the Lions because the pinnacle coach.
“I had never labored with him earlier than. I had handiest met him as soon as in my life. In February 2018, he asked for a assembly and beneficial me that I’d be the man he wants to work with.
“I have been very grateful to of us which derive come into my life and profession, equivalent to [former Gauteng president] Jack Madiseng, and gave me these alternatives.”
Gwavu’s profession has viewed a meteoric rise, one which he incessantly struggles to imagine himself. After joining the Johannesburg-based mostly fully mostly aspect’s Under-19 constructions, he fleet became extinct SA Under-19 head coach Lawrence Mahatlane’s assistant in 2018 earlier than assisting Enoch Nkwe in the senior Lions team that identical one year.
Nkwe’s elevation to the Proteas team, first as interim head coach for the tour to India final one year and later as Price Boucher’s assistant, paved the map in which for Gwavu to eradicate the reins on the Wanderers.
In his rookie season responsible, he led the Lions to the 4-Day sequence trophy (awarded to the log leaders in March after the Covid-19 pandemic struck) as successfully because the Momentum One Day Cup semi-finals.
“It did rob me ; I wasn’t searching at for it at all because of it become my first time coaching on the very excellent level.
“When Enoch become going to raise over the Proteas, he came and asked me if I’d be engaging to raise over [the Lions] whereas he become away. It become a immense replacement that I become never gonna turn down and it become an effortless answer for me to dispute yes and own a explore at my most appealing in the job.
“I become more than joyful with the quit outcomes of the season and going on to resolve the 4-day sequence.
“I judge we had a appropriate season total in the 4-Day, which is a tough competitors to raise. I’ve always maintained that it is the toughest trophy to resolve in South Africa.
“So that you just might perhaps elevate it reveals reasonably lots of direct in our team and our programs. And to kind the playoffs of the Momentum One Day Cup, where the Lions haven’t in actuality executed successfully in the previous, made me joyful with the growth that took build sooner or later of the season.”