Meet Mandla Mashimbyi, 41 – the man who just led the Northerns Titans to the 4-Day Series.
It is Mashimbyi’s first major trophy as the head coach of a franchise cricket team in South Africa.
Here’s what you need to know about the man.
Mashimbyi was born in Phalaborwa, Limpopo, on November 10, 1980. After completing his primary and first secondary school at Ntaseko High in Phalaborwa, he completed his education at Prosperitus Secondary School in Eersterust, Pretoria.
In 1998 he was chosen to the SA Country District Schools team and the following year he joined the Northerns Academy.
Mashimbyi was a fast bowler and a decent lower order batsman. He started his first-class career with Griquas in 2003/4, playing in the domestic A-section.
After playing a handful of franchise games for the Bloemfontein-based Eagles (now the Knights) the following year, he returned to Pretoria and played for Northerns and the Titans from 2005, taking 103 wickets in 39 first-class games. He averaged 20 with the bat.
In the 2005/6 season, he helped Northerns to the three-day and one-day doubles, and in 2009/10 he led the team to the CSA One-Day Challenge title.
After Mashimbyi had to retire in 2010 due to knee injuries, he moved back to Limpopo and started coaching at all levels. He also passed his level III coaching qualification.
Mashimbyi joined the Titans’ coaching structures ahead of the 2013/14 season as an assistant to then-head coach Rob Walter.
In recent years he has been an assistant coach of SA U-19 and last year was named SA A bowling coach, ahead of the team’s tour of India.
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