Sunday, November 27, 2022

CSA: Ngumbela Cup – A Festival of Cricket

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Cricket lost a true ambassador of the game in Advocate Mthetheleli Ngumbela, affectionately known as Bawu Ndlovu. The sport enthusiast, philanthropist and businessman from Healdtown passed away following a tragic car accident. 

In 1989, Mr Advocate Ngumbela started the Ngumbela Cricket Tournament in his rural areas (Alice and Fort Beaufort) in order to remove children from the streets during the festive season. The rural areas residents spent time playing and watching games. The cricket spectators filled up the cricket fields and enjoyed the entertainment and interaction. What inspired him to start this tournament amongst other things was his passion for the game he loved so much and the desire to develop good cricketers who would not be able to make a mark in South African cricket.  

The Ngumbela tournament is well known and has played a massive role in South African Cricket as it assisted to unearth the raw black African talent in the Eastern Cape. Eastern Cape Iinyathi players, Jerry Nqolo, Mncedisa Malika, and others like Vuyisa Makhapela, Mthiwekhaya Nabe and Bhongelwethu Makeleni who are products of his tournaments. 

He sponsored these tournaments for over 30 years from his own pocket. He built the clubhouse, pitches, playing grounds, nets and accommodation for this tournament. Ngumbela Park has been developed to a state-of-the art stadium. 

His contribution to cricket could not be quantified, as he touched so many lives, but he will always be remembered for his generosity, passion for the game and determination for getting the job done.   It is time for us to honour his legacy! 

Border Cricket and the Ngumbela Family will be hosting the Ngumbela Legacy Cup in his honour.  Border Cricket would like to continue and build on the legacy left by “Baw’uNdlovu” Ngumbela to change a community through the love of the game of cricket. 

Two days of a Cricket Festival is planned for 24 and 25 September 2022 and will include: 

Day 1 – Saturday 24 September 2022 

  • 10:00: Iinyathi Women vs Eastern Province Women 
  • 14:00: Selborne College 1st Team vs Alice Regional Performance Centre XI 

 Day 2 – Sunday 25 September 2022 

  • 10:00: Champs of Alice XI vs Champs from Healdtown: Lamyeni Hard Catch (Finalists of the January Ngumbela Final) 
  • 14:00: Eastern Cape Iinyathi vs Gbet Warriors 

The festival will take place in Healdtown at the Ngumbela Oval.  

The festival will mark the 1st anniversary of his passing and also coincides with Heritage Day. 

For many years, his tournaments grew from strength to strength due to the tremendous role he played in ensuring that the cricketers are taken care of. Young aspiring cricketers had such deep love for cricket that the amount of excitement around at the tournaments was something spectacular to experience.  This festival must be testimony to the many lives that he touched and his passion for rural tournaments and the raw black African talent in the Eastern Cape.   

The teams are as follows:  

EASTERN PROVINCE WOMEN  Please see below EP women squad  Jana Nell Jordan Cole Kristen van Rooyen Siya Koloi Corli Carstens Siphokazi Nazo Marlise Erasmus Chene Arnolds Alu Dunga Aphilile Adonisi Lee Ann Glass Leila Nel

 Coach: R. du Plessis Ass Coach: P. Heka Lloyd Prince (Driver)  
EASTERN CAPE IINYATHI WOMEN  1.     Emma Wearing  2.     Siyamanga Mhletywa  3.     Geneivive Fritz 4.     Kwanga Pinini 5.     Siyahluma Mabombo 6.     Sisipho Siswana 7.     Liyema Jubati 8.     Sivokuhle Copiso 9.     Kamvelihle Nkwandla 10.  Siyolise Fawuli 11.  Likuye Hela 12.  Giane Hartzenberg  13.  Lucinda Izally- Manager  14.  Khuselwa Soka – Assistant Coach  15.  Lwando Manase – Head Coach & driver    
ALICE RPC XI  Liyema Ngxethwane Bonga Mgculo Inathi Qeku Luyolo Sibothi Luthando Sibothi Simcelile Tole Oyintando Konono Aphelele Nontsinga Limile Ntsona Aqhama Siwapi Mivuyo Mandlana Inga Gidane

 Management: Manzini Tsomela Assistant Coach: Mandilakhe Joko Head Coach: Lwando Lwana 
SELBORNE COLLEGE XI  Ben Van der Merwe Jarque Van der Merwe Tre Gilbert Ethan Currin Hayden McKay Wayden Plaatjes Jarred Nass Adam Rogers Thomas Marais Yolisa Qoboshiyane Blade Crane 
 ALICE (TUBS) 1. Emihle Mgoqi2. Mkhululi Calana3. Thobile Hlatuka(c)4. Yamkela Oliphant5. Thabang Sqoko6. Thandolwethu Mnyaka7. Akhona Ratyana8. Acwengile Gqamane9. Iviwe Tsewu10. Lithemba Nomoyi11. Esona Billy12. Lukhanyo Hlathuka13. Jongile Kilani Coach: Vuyisile Nqolo   HEALDTOWN (LAMYENI HARD CATCH)  Still awaiting team  
 GBETS WARRIORS  Rudi Second Diego Rosier Sine Qeshile Matthew Breetzke Wihan Lubbe Mthiwekhaya Nabe Ziyaad Abrahams Kgaudise Molefe Beyers Swanepoel Tiaan Van Vuuren Jordan Hermann Akhona Mnyaka Joshua Chippendale  Robin Peterson – Coach  Baakier Abrahams – Assistant Runeshan Moodley – S & C  Wendy Theys – Physio     EASTERN CAPE IINYATHI TEAM  1. Marco Marais (Captain) 2. Clayton Bosch 3. Jade De Klerk  4. Joshua Dodd 5. Phaphama Fojela  6. Thomas Kaber  7. Mncedisi Malika 8. Jason Niemand  9. Jerry Nqolo 10. Sinovuyo Ntuntwana 11. Nqaba Peter 12. Gideon Peters  13. Joshua Van Heerden  14. Nonelela Yikha  Management Staff:  1. Paul Adams – Head Coach  2. Tumelo Bodibe – Assistant Coach  3. Shannon Graham – Strength and Conditioning Coach  4. Anelisiwe Mntambo – Physiotherapist 

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