Players must dig deep, says new Dolphins boss
SOUTH African cricket yesterday got its second Zulu-speaking coach in a week.
Following the appointment of Geoff Toyana as coach of the Highveld Lions on Tuesday, the Dolphins surprised no one with their choice of Lance Klusener. The former is a Xhosa and the latter a white man, but both are fluent in isiZulu. Just how these appointments - along with that of Paul Adams at the Cobras - will help iqakamba transform is still uncertain, however.
Klusener had taken over as caretaker coach from Graham Ford, who left at the beginning of the year to head up Sri Lanka. The 40-year-old said from the outset he would like the job on a long-term basis and won the backing of the players.
Klusener was handed a two-season contract with ambitious performance clauses, including winning at least one trophy and qualifying for the T20 Champions League next season. The Dolphins haven't won a trophy since the shared Supersport series in the 2005-06 season, when they were captained by Klusener.
KwaZulu-Natal Cricket president Fa-eez Jaffar says, "For far too long we've been making excuses and the players have become complacent - they need to dig deep and start performing. We've got a good crop of youngsters and it will be Lance's responsibility to mentor them ."