Johannesburg – In an exclusive interview with Grit Sports TV coach of the Bizhub Highveld Lions Geoffrey Toyana revealed that if the opportunity to coach the Proteas Cricket Team were to present itself he would be ready willing and able to take over the reigns. 

Geoffrey Toyana is re-known for having been the first black person to have ever a coached a cricket franchise team in South Africa. Toyana is a product of the famous Soweto Cricket Club and was a prolific left-hander with a legendary pull shot. At the start of the 2012-2013 season he took over as coach of the Bizhub Highveld Lions cricket team. Under his guidance, the lions broke a five season-long trophy drought in winning the domestic Twenty20 competition. They also won the one-day cup and finished second on the first class standings to finish off an outstanding first season for Toyana.

“I think obviously in every sport you play or coach you basically want to test yourself against the best in the world, so I am no different as well.” said Toyana “It is one of my dreams to coach my country one day and hopefully bring the ICC trophies that everyone keeps talking about.”

Even current coach Russell Domingo will have to reapply for his position of South Africa coach after the current England tour which started in May and ends in August 2017 if he wants to continue. Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed they will begin a recruitment process to appoint a head coach after the England tour and through to the 2019 World Cup.

“Yes I know that an advert is out already and I think I will put my CV on the table.” said Toyana with a broad smile.

With Toyana having had a huge hand in producing and coaching the two former cricketers of the year namely Quinton DeKock and Kagiso Rabada at domestic level, he seems the natural choice to replace Domingo but only time will tell.

Grit Sports Writer