South Africa’s auxiliary coach, Enoch Nkwe, who carried the title as Director of the team until a month ago, acknowledged that it is difficult to move sideways but has given assurance that he is not the victim of a white brush and that he can keep his own.
Nkwe took South Africa to India in September-October last year and intends to take the reins for the English series this summer.
Ten days prior to the first Test, Mark Boucher, a major reformation, installed a head coach, and Nkwe were effectively demotited in the midst of a clamor as a result of racial discrimination.
Given South Africa’s history, it is not difficult to understand why in some quarters it has been badly received.
Against the background of financial and administrative crises, Thabang Moroe, a black CEO of Africa, was expelled and replaced by Jacques Faul, which is white. Almost immediately, Graemsmith was appointed director of cricket, Boucher was named coach, and Jacques Kallis was appointed as a consultant. All three are white. Nkwe, the first black coach for men, was offered a lesser role. Despite how it looked, he accepted.
‘ It was not an easy call to call, but when I met Jacques Faul and Bouch and Graemes, it was very clear and they were very realistic in terms of what happened, and the kind of support they wanted.
Much care, “said Nkwe. ‘ I’m not going to hit the bush-it was a challenge, especially if it all unfolded. But I believe I’m mature enough to handle the situation. By the time we came into the [training] camp, I felt very strong and confident that I could make a massive impact on another role. ‘
Given the limited time the new staff had in the back room between the end of the Mzansi Super League on 16 December and the start of the test cycle on Boxing Day, they decided to keep an intense training camp in Pretoria. This is where Nkwe and Boucher started working together, quickly realizing that he would be treated as an equal.
“Boucher gave me the platform to make a difference in the team, to contribute as much as possible; Whether it’s in team routines or in exercise, “said Nkwe. ‘ We worked closely. I enjoy the partnership. Yes, there are different energies and different thoughts. But there was no hierarchy. We all draw in the same direction. He is very relaxed. As much as he is intense when it comes to business time-just like any other coach-he gives a lot to the team. ‘
The adjectives use Nkwe to describe the new coaching staff, ranging specifically to Smith and transformation. The Smith/Faul administration was accused of neglecting the need for change, especially after the Test team in the first two matches made only four players of color.
South Africa’s goal for the national male team is six players of colour, including at least two black Africans, who are calculated on average throughout the course of a season. Although this number can be made up in future matches, at a politically sensitive time in cricket, the missed target is sticking out.