Talented Nelson Mandela University cricketers Tian Koekemoer and Lutho Sipamla will be using this season to earn further recognition after being included in the University Sport South Africa squad.
The Madibaz pair caught the eye with their performances at the recent Ussa tournament in Pretoria and are now keen to build on that as they chase higher honours.
Allrounder Koekemoer and Sipamla, a 19-year-old fast bowler, will have a chance to do that when the Ussa team play in the CSA Future Cup in Kimberley next year, while they will also be looking to impress for the Eastern Province side in the domestic competitions.
Koekemoer, who is in his final year of a media and communications degree, hails from Tzaneen where he attended Merensky High, the same school that produced Proteas fast bowling icon Dale Steyn.
He wants to seize his opportunities in the months ahead.
“My big goal is to do well for EP. We have set ourselves team goals and I will be focused on those and just try to get recognition through good performances.”
He added that one area he would be aiming to specifically improve was his strike rate as a batsman.
Sipamla, a business management student, said he would be aiming to develop his game in a number of areas.
“I just think I need to work on my consistency and aggression, as well as my match awareness. Even though I believe that it (match awareness) is high, there’s always room for improvement.”