It was an engaging and frank discussion at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium where a panel of the 5 Strategic C’s; Chairman, CEO, Coach, Convener of Selectors and Captain took part in the inaugural Couch Session of the bizhub Highveld Lions. The audience consisted of media, sponsors, commercial partners and fans of the bizhub Highveld Lions, to whom the 5C’s poured out their objectives, strategies and plans for the upcoming season.
Temba Bavuma, who was announced as the new captain, recognised the honour and privilege of his new role, his excitement at being back at the franchise – and his strong and purposeful intention of taking the team all the way.
Head Coach, Enoch Nkwe, set the tone and themes for the upcoming season; Excellence and Professionalism on and off the field. He was clear on his expectations of accountability from each individual player to rise to the team’s pursuit of excellence. Patrick Moroney, a stalwart and passionate supporter of the bizhub Highveld Lions, has returned to the franchise as Convenor of Selectors “By popular demand!” commented CEO Greg Fredericks.
“It was the players and the Board that requested Patrick to come back; he has been immensely impactful in the success of the team in the past, with the winds of change – his experience, dedication and passion will help in propelling us to the heights we want to reach.”
Change was a recurring point of discussion, changes have been made not only with the players but at a board and strategic level.
Dr Oupa Nkagisang, chairman of the bizhub Highveld Lions, commented: “Changes have been made because change was needed. We have not been producing the results we want. We want a team that is competitive and wins. A team that wins trophies, a team that wins the respect of the commercial brands that back us, and a team that wins the hearts of our loyal fans.”
A question was posed from the floor “With all this change being introduced, does it not expose the team to instability?”
“We are aware of that possibility and we have people in place to keep us in check so that we always stay true to our main objective. That being said, there is something exciting about change permeating every facet of an organisation – we go through it together, we don’t hold each other back – and together we form a new culture, a better higher standard that cannot be achieved in silos.” Dr Nkagisang responded.
There was much talk about plans for a renewed engagement of fans, especially for the domestic games. Dana Venter, a fan who won tickets to the Couch Session through a social media competition commented:
“We are excited to be here tonight. It was a great evening to hear where the Lions are going for the new year and all the exciting plans they have. We wish them all the best.”
His 11 year old son, Jan, also commented: “I am a fan of the Lions because of the technique that they play and because Temba is their captain. ”