Expanding the highly successful Momentum eKasi Challenge formula to other townships on a rotational basis is on the cards as the doors to new exciting cricket fan bases are opening, said Volvo Masubelele, cricket operations manager of the Titans. The third edition of the eKasi Challenge between the Titans and the Highveld Lions took place at the Mamelodi Oval on Wednesday. Masubelele said the Challenge sparked new interests in the townships in the game of cricket and young and elderly are asking questions about the game and about when the next fixtures at SuperSport Park will be played: ‘We are thinking of playing the Challenge in other townships like Atteridgeville, Soshanguve, Hammanskraal, Eersterust and Laudium on a rotational basis. We started in most of these townships in 1988, and we have mini-cricket, practice nets, coaches, administrators and school leagues in 31 areas. The Momentum eKasi Challenge boosts these activities. It is fulfilling its purpose of encouraging a new fan base and creating new interest in the game at grassroots level.
Titans CEO Jacques Faul says: ‘We are committed in aligning ourselves to the five pillars of Cricket South Africa (CSA), which includes development, transformation and sustainability. The Momentum eKasi Challenge is a pivotal instrument in upholding these values and in strengthening our pipeline strategies. We are encouraged by the level of interest and participation from the people in Mamelodi, and we are committed in generating and sustaining a new level of interest in the game. We also want our Protea players involved with the Titans and the Lions, to play at the venues when international schedules allow them. Inspiring a new generation and giving people hope through their involvement. It all forms part of our vision.
Coach at Centurion Rob Walter says: ‘Unlocking the potential of so many athletic young sportspeople in the townships and creating new cricketing hotspots in the fun-loving communities is part of our passion to evolve the game of cricket.’ Pierre Joubert, Titans commercial manager and SuperSport commentator, said he has not seen the Mamelodi Oval in a better condition. Not only was it eye-catching, but he could sense a sustainable effort in pitch preparations. He rated the day as a spectacular success.
Titans Chief Operating Officer Patricia Kambarami says: ‘Mamelodi feels like home. The community always welcomes us with open arms and this time their support was even greater.’
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