Written by: Nick Tatham
Ntanzi is the cricketing pride of Umlazi
Durban – Despite a first season of senior cricket that was blighted by
injury, young quick Lifa Ntanzi finished it on a high when he made his
Hollywoodbets Dolphins debut and followed that up with securing a contract
with the Durban-based franchise for the upcoming season.
Hailing from Umlazi, Ntanzi is one of the shining lights for the KZNCU,
DSR & Sunfoil Township & Rural Development Programme as he was earmarked
through the initiative to attend Glenwood High School.
From there the speedster earned a South African Schools call-up and then
was selected for the South Africa Under 19 side, however he missed the
2019 World Cup due to injury.
To receive a franchise contract was a dream come true for the 18 year-old,
but he says the recognition was as much an achievement for him as it was
for some of the people that have helped him through his career.
“My parents were really, really happy when I told them that I had got a
Dolphins contract,” Ntanzi said. “Not only them but also my coaches from
Umlazi Cricket Club because I am the first player from the club to get a
“They were so happy for me but it also shows how important the work is
that they do in the township.”
Ntanzi has taken on the mantle of role model for those in the township
that might want to pursue a career in cricket.
“I think that it’s important for me to be able to be an example for the
young boys and girls in Umlazi and I hope that I can encourage as many
young children to play cricket and follow their dreams.”
Ntanzi, along with fellow young signing Andile Mogakane, made his debut
for the Dolphins in their Momentum One Day Cup clash with the Imperial
Lions in Potchefstroom and it was a day he will never forget.
“To make my debut for the Dolphins was so special,” he reminisced. “I knew
that I had just come back from injury but I had to give my best and I
think it went well for me.
“To be in a side with so many great cricketers was a dream come true and I
cannot wait to get the new season started.”
Ntanzi has been earmarked as one of the next best as he was supposed to
take part in a fast bowlers camp with South African bowling coach Charl
Langeveldt during the winter. This was cancelled due to the spread of the
With his winter programme on its head Ntanzi is just trying to keep a
narrow focus before he is able to return to action later in the year.
“I think that the moment I just need to concentrate on staying fit,” he
commented. “Gavin Muir and the Dolphins and Brendan Jackson have been
working closely with me and I want to thank Gavin for all his hard work.
“If I can keep fit and then get myself into the Dolphins side then I’ll be
He’s got a number of experienced bowlers around him at the Dolphins but
singled out Daryn Dupavillon as someone who has played a big role in a
short period of time.
“I think because we are similar bowlers he has been great in telling me
how I should go about things.
“He is supportive and I find that he is a great person to learn from,” he
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showing incredible promise through the age group ranks and into the SA
Under 19 side, uMlazi's very own Lifa Ntanzi has been awarded his first
franchise contract with the Hollywoodbets Dolphins for the upcoming
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