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The association is likely to elect its first ever black African as president since unification.

NORTHERN Cape Cricket (NCC) are about to make history at Saturday’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Kimberley when the association is likely to elect its first ever black African as president since unification of the formerly racially segregated control bodies in 1991.

Eugene Jacobs NCC Chief Executive Officer yesterday confirmed that long time cricket servant and provincial team manager Thapelo Gibson Molale (41) has been nominated unopposed for the vacant position of president.

Molale has been acting as president for NCC for the last two months. He was elevated to the position in November last year by the Members Council when the previous incumbent Rihan Richards assumed the role of acting president at Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Apart from the NCC presidency position other posts up for election are that of the provincial organ’s vice-president as well as three other posts for non-independent directors.

The nominees for vice-president are: Ferdinand Bitterbos who hails from the Pixley ka Seme district and Theo-Leighton de Kock from the John Taole Gaetsewe (JTG) region.

Jacobs revealed that the contestants for the three non-independent positions are Abdul Tier (NC Schools), Aiden Boyce, Theo-Leighton DeKock and Dr Mpho Motsepe from JTG.

The AGM itself will be held in the Blue Room at the Diamond Oval tomorrow starting at 10am. Only accredited voting members will be allowed inside in keeping with the current Covid-19 protocols.

Jacobs and other members with comorbidities will be linked virtually for the meeting.

The voting members include the regional associates – Pixley ka Seme, ZF Mgcawu, Namakwa, JTG, Frances Baard, affiliate schools, umpires and scorers.

Jacobs explained that though Molale is unopposed for the post, the association nonetheless insists on observing the constitutional provisions governing election matters.

It is understood that the agenda for the meeting would generally include an overview of various reports including the association’s finances over the past season.