Sibonelo Makhanya is over the moon after being selected by the Cape Town Blitz at the Mzansi Super League draft that took place on 17 October.
The 22-year-old was picked up in the 12th round by coach Ashwell Prince and joins best friend and housemate Andile Phehlukwayo in the squad. The Proteas all-rounder was the Cape Town Blitz’s first-round pick.
‘First of all, I was wishing to get in, and then when I got called for the Cape Town Blitz, I was over the moon. Andile was the first guy to message me, telling me that we are going to have a great time and it’s going to be amazing,’ said Makhanya.
‘It’s Cape Town, the people are very friendly and outgoing, there is so much to do and it’s just beautiful. It’s got this foreign vibe about it and it’s almost like a holiday destination.
‘For the first time, it is going to be lovely to play with the crowd on my side because they are not the greatest when you are playing against their team. They are very passionate and I am looking forward to fuelling their fire,’ he added.
The all-rounder is eager to play alongside Proteas Dale Steyn, Quinton de Kock, England international Dawid Malan and West Indian Samuel Badree, while also linking up once again with one of his World Cup-winning SA U19 teammates.
‘Those are some massive names that one can only learn a wealth of experience from. I’m also looking forward to joining up again with Jason Smith, who I played SA U19 with, and I think it’s going to be loads of fun,’ he stated.
The Cape Town Blitz host the Tshwane Spartans at Newlands for the opening match of the Mzansi Super League on 16 November. Tickets for the match are available at Ticketpro or at the Newlands Ticket Office.
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