CSA Cubs Week sees Superstars Shining in Stellenbosch
Coetzenberg, Stellenbosch, 4th to 8th January 2023
The Southern Superstars team features the cream of u19 talent from the Western Province, Boland and Garden Route Badgers. This week they are in action against the best of the rest of the country, featuring five other composite u19 teams from across South Africa.
Coached by Head Coach Graham October and Assistant Coach Roger Telemachus, there are 9 Western Province players in the 13-man squad. These are: Meeka-Eel Prince, Mahir Joseph, Juan James, Bongile Mfunelwa, Abdullah Bayoumy, Liyema Waqu, Callen Larkin, Sange Mbuto, Raees Salie.
Official CSA Press Release
The official press release from CSA reads as follows:
The teams (Ed: for Cubs Week) were finalised following the conclusion of the CSA Khaya Majola Week, when the best players were selected to be part of the six named squads. Western Province were the top performers at the Khaya Majola Week and their performance means that the Southern Superstars squad is dominated by their players. The team that was second, KwaZulu-Natal Inland, have seven of their players named in the Coastal Conquerors squad.
The Cubs Week was rebranded and restructured last season following the revising of the domestic structure. The teams are now named Northern Champions, Central Gladiators, Conquerors, Eastern Warriors, Superstars and Western Legends. The make-up of the squads is also different, with the Champions consisting of players from Titans, Easterns, and Limpopo. The Gladiators, formerly known as the Lions, are now made up of players from Lions, and Mpumalanga, while the Legends include players from North West, Northern Cape and Free State.
The Conquerors, formerly the Dolphins, consist of KwaZulu-Natal and KwaZulu-Natal Inland players, with the Warriors remaining unchanged, meaning their group is made up of players from Eastern Province and Border. The Superstars, or formerly Cape Cobras, are also the same and include players from Western Province, Boland, and Garden Route Badgers.
WPCA is proud of the 9 young men selected for the team, and wish them well for the tournament. The squad has a host of talented players, among them SA Schools captain Juan James, Khaya Majola Player of the Week Bongile Mfunelwa and two-time SA Schools and SA u19 bowler Liyema Waqu. They are joined by SA Colts player Mahir Joseph, current WP men’s senior player and SA u19 Abdullah Bayoumy and SA u19 Meeka-Eel Prince.
All matches take place at Coetzenberg, with the opponents being the following:
4th January v Northern Champions
5th January v Eastern Warriors
6th January v Central Gladiators
7th January v Western Legends
8th January v Coastal Conquerors