Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Give Tikolo a chance to coach: Suji

By RICHARD MWANGI rmwangi@ke.nationmedia.com

Former Kenya player Martin Suji has urged Cricket Kenya to give ex-captain Steve Tikolo an opportunity to mould talent.

Suji (above), who recently moved to Uganda as their national team coach, said:

“Youngsters need a good coach for them to grow up with the right skills and as an experienced batsman, Tikolo should be given a chance to train as a coach. Cricket Kenya should offer Tikolo an opportunity to train as a level three coach.”

Suji was Kenya national team’s assistant coach to both Andy Kirsten and Elaine Baptiste. It was under his guidance as the Under-19 coach later that the side got a ticket to the Global World Cup Qualifiers in Ireland in June.

He however did not remain with the youngsters for long before he was snapped up by Uganda where his first major challenge will be the World Cricket League Division Two set for Dubai early next month.

Domestic coach

The top two teams will join Kenya, Ireland, the Netherlands, Afghanistan, Canada and Scotland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup that will kick off in May.

Contacted, CK chief executive officer Tom Sears said: “We will be very happy to train him [Tikolo] as a coach because development of coaches is as important as development of players. I have already met him once and will be meeting him again soon.”

Tikollo, who plays for Southern Rocks in Zimbabwe’s domestic league, retired from international cricket after his fifth consecutive appearance in the 2011 International Cricket Council World Cup.

The ball is now in CK’s court. Should they fail to act fast, Kenya could easily lose Tikolo to Zimbabwe – just the way they lost Suji to Uganda.

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