Coastal & Inland sides geared up for Khaya Majola Coke Week
Durban – The best under 19 cricketers from KZN Coastal and KZN Inland
will join the rest of the country’s young talent at this year’s edition
of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola week in Cape Town from 16 to 20 December.
16 teams will participate in the 2018 instalment of the prestigious
cricket week which includes neighboring country Namibia.
KZN Coastal coach Mduduzi Mbatha said his team’s preparation is well on
track leading into the tournament which is only days away.
“The preparations have been good,” Mbatha said. “What we’ve focused on
closer to the tournament is making sure that everyone understands their
“We want everyone to buys into whatever they have to do for the team to
do well – understanding that the team comes first.”
Mbatha is no stranger to school boy cricket as he was part of the SA
Schools XI in 2005.
The 40 year old tournament is responsible for unearthing some of the
country’s finest cricketers. Many who have gone on to play franchise
cricket, and represent the Proteas.
Marquee players who have been involved in the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola
Cricket Week and remained mainstays in the Proteas setup include fast
bowler Lungi Ngidi (KwaZulu-Natal Inland) and all-rounder Andile
Phehlukwayo (KZN Coastal).
The 2018 edition of Coke Week, as it is famously known across the
country, will not be shy of talented individuals and KZN Coastal will be
boasting all-rounder Andile Mogakane who was part of the 2017 South
African Under 19 World Cup squad in New Zealand.
“There are a few guys that are going to the tournament for the second or
third time this year so they know what’s expected.
“We’ve just made sure that they are in a good frame of mind and that
they enjoy being there for the last time as a group; as majority of the
guys are in matric and it’s their last school boy tournament,” Mbatha
KZN Coastal will take on Central Gauteng at Rondebosch Boys High in
their first match while KZN Inland will lock horns with Northerns at
The competition is played over a course of five days and consists of
three different formats.
Day one and two are time cricket, day three sees two rounds of T20s and
four and five will be 50 over contests.
The fixtures for the final two days of the week will only be decided
after the first three days are completed with the matches scheduled on a
Gauteng will provide the Coastal side with a stern test first up as the
men from the Highveld have historically been one of the strongest sides
at Coke Week.
“The boys are up for the challenge and know it will be a tough game so
they have to bring their A game and are excited to showcase their skills
against one of the best sides,” Mbatha said.
Despite having one of the smaller bases of players to chose from KZN
Inland coach Minenhle Magubane and his team will not take a step back
for any team.
“We are not intimidated by any team, we believe that we are the best in
the country we just have to go out there and produce the results,”
“Execution will be key, we just have to carry out what we have prepared
and the results will take care of themselves,” Magubane said.
With six matches in five days, the demand on the players is going to be
high and Magubane understands the importance of being fresh on their
arrival in Cape Town.
“To prepare for the amount of cricket that will be played at Coke Week,
we opted to take a break from training but there are some guys who are
putting in the hard yards in one-on-one training sessions,” Magubane
Inland will have the likes of SA Under 19
players Fraser Jones and Mondli Khumalo to rely on through the week.
The week culminates in the announcement of the South African Schools
side as well as the SA Colts XI
More information can be found at
KZN Coastal Squad:
Caleb Pillay (Westville), Thamsanqa Khumalo (Glenwood), Matthew
Montgomery (Clifton), Andile Mogakane (Northwood), Matthew Pollard
(Westville), Mhlengi Ndaba (Christian High School), Joshua Brown
(Clifton College), Prealin Naidu (Kharwastan), Robert Koenig (Kearsney),
Steven Naidoo (Glenwood), Lifa Ntanzi (Glenwood), Carl Heunis (Kearsney),
Hayden Rossouw (Glenwood,), Coach: Mduduzi Mbatha, Asst coach:Fabian
Lazarus, Manager: Gregory Thomson.
KZN Inland Squad:
Nathaniel Benjamin (St Charles), Michael Brownlee (Michaelhouse), Jared
Campbell (Maritzburg College), Jayden Gengan (Maritzburg College), Wezo
Gqiba (Hilton College), Fraser Jones (Michaelhouse), Mondli Khumalo (Maritzburg
College), Robbie McGaw (Hilton College), James Ritchie (Hilton College),
Gareth Schreuder (Hilton College), Mikey Sclanders (Hilton College),
Andile Zondi (Msimude High), Thabiso Zondi (Msimude High) Coach:
Minenhle Magubane, Asst Coach: Ismail Kajee, Manager: Neelan Iyavoo.
KZN Coastal & KZN Inland Fixtures:
16 December 2018
Central Gauteng vs KZN Coastal - Rondebosch Boys’ High
Northerns vs KZN Inland Bishops - Oaks Field
17 December 2018
Boland vs KZN Inland Vineyard Oval - WPCC
Eastern Province vs KZN Coastal Bishops - Oaks Field
18 December 2018 (AM)
Easterns vs KZN Coastal Vineyard Oval - WPCC
Limpopo vs KZN Inland - SACS de Villiers Oval
18 December 2018 (PM)
KZN Coastal vs Free State Vineyard Oval - WPCC
Namibia vs KZN Inland - Cape Town Cricket Club
19 December 2018
20 December 2018