Highveld Lions bowler Nono Pongolo has hailed the appointment of his former coach Enoch Nkwe, as Proteas interim team director, as a step in the right direction.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) earlier on Friday announced Nkwe as director for South Africa’s upcoming T20 and Test Series against India, starting on September 15.

The tour will consist of three T20 internationals and three Test matches. The former Highveld Lions head coach had an impressive record of bringing the winning culture back to the Johannesburg-based outfit.

Pongolo says Nkwe deserves the appointment after what he has achieved with the Lions in just one season.

“It shows how much he has grown in the past couple of years that for someone still so young to be entrusted to coach the Proteas, there’s a lot of hard work he has put in behind the scenes. Not to only improve the Lions but now he definitely got the big job and I am excited for him and I am pretty sure that when South Africans get to know him they will realise that this is a great coach who does a lot of planning behind the scenes and I am quite excited to see what he would do with the Proteas,”

Pongolo says the retirement of two cricket legends Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla has left a big void in South African cricket, but believes the future of the sport looks bright under the new management.

“It’s quite a big loss for South Africa. You got to say that losing two legends of the game in such a short space of time. We are in a place where South African cricket now it’s exciting in terms of, obviously because it’s unknown what’s going to happen. I mean we’ve got big players to replace. We’ve got  a new management potentially coming in. It’s going to be interesting times for South Africa but definitely excited to see what’s going to happen.”