Entering his second Africa Cup stint representing Gauteng, bizhub Highveld Lions and Proteas wicket-keeper, Mangaliso Mosehle, will be captaining Gauteng.
Asked about the honour bestowed upon him, Mosehle strongly believes that Gauteng is capable of winning that elusive Africa Cup title particularly with the talent emerging from the GCB pipeline over the past few years and the success of those players in the amateur structures is encouraging.
During the 2015/2016 season Carmi le Roux, Yassar Cook and Matt McGillivray all played for the franchise team even though they only had semi-professional contracts. The team also managed to win the CSA Provincial 1-Day Challenge. They were one of the best performing teams in last year’s edition despite not lifting the trophy
The team is coached by Sandile Masengemi who believes his side has plenty of good depth. "We have got some quality batsmen all the way down the list," Masengemi said, “We have to make early in-roads with the new ball. It will spin and probably reverse the way the wicket goes.”
The team will also include bizhub Highveld Lions captain Stephen Cook. The specialist opening batsman who is on a great run of form will increase the Gauteng’s attacking arsenal and add plenty of experience and leadership.
The team will be forging for victory through the all-round skills of Nono Pongolo, the bowling of Nandre Burger and Tshepang Dithole, and the batting of Shaylen Pillay.
Gauteng Africa Cup Squad: Mangaliso Mosehle (captain, w/k), Nandre Burger, Stephen Cook, Yassar Cook, Tshepang Dithole, Matt McGillivray, Aaron Phangiso, Shaylen Pillay, Nono Pongolo, Delano Potgieter, Ryan Rickelton, Zaid Saloojee and Farhaan Sayanvala