Enoch Nkwe says there will always be a part of him that will crave the excitement of hands-on coaching on the pitch, but for now the former assistant coach of Proteas sees his future as in more strategic ways, through systems for teams to set up .
The Central Gauteng Lions announced this week that Nkwe will return to them as their cricket strategic advisor for March and April. It’s been a short-lived appearance, but at least the coach who took the Lions to three franchise trophies in 2018/19 is back in the system.
But what will the 39-year-old do next?
Does he have a crush on the technical director position that is alleged to be created by Cricket South Africa? Or will he aim even higher and run for the Cricket director position as Graeme Smith’s contract expires at the end of this month and the position is re-posted?
“There will always be a part of me that enjoys the coaching on the pitch,” Nkwe . said The The Vanir-exodus on his reveal to the Wanderers on Wednesday, “but I’ve come to terms with the technical aspect of coaching, having done it from U19 and Academy level to the Proteas.
“There are different ways of coaching and I have always been very strategic in my approach. I enjoy setting up systems and I strongly believe that for your main team to be successful, they need a well-aligned system beneath them.
“The Lions have given me a great opportunity to step in that direction and we’ll see how far we get or if I’m guided to another space.
“My passion is controlling systems and embedding new ways to play the game. I’m always open to opportunities, but it has to speak my language, I have to belong,” Nkwe said.
After living life at an international level and having tremendous success domestically, Nkwe seems like an excellent asset for CSA to stay involved in. Despite his unfortunate departure from the Proteas, Nkwe did not rule out working for the national body again.
“If, as a cricketer or as a coach, you get the chance to make a difference to the national system, then you would definitely look into it.
“If it makes sense to me and if it suits me, then I would be willing to adjust my plan to move things forward at the national level,” Nkwe said.