Eugene Jacobs, the long-serving chief executive officer of Northern Cape Cricket, has resigned.
EUGENE Jacobs, the long-serving chief executive officer of the Northern Cape Cricket (NCC) franchise, has resigned from the organisation.
Jacobs, 62, apparently resigned from the central region franchise on April 7 according to a letter of resignation forwarded to NCC president Gibson Molale. The matter of Jacobs’ resignation only came to light over the weekend when a media house in Cape Town published the news of his resignation.
Jacobs had been unwell for some time and had late last year taken medical leave from his duties at the franchise to undergo critical surgery.
The NCC head had recovered sufficiently to oversee the signing on of the current head coach, Mark Charlton, during the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jacobs was also at the helm when the franchise notched up its first major trophy in the CSA 4-Day Division Two competition. The provincial squad were also runners-up in the CSA One-Day Cup competition earlier this month.
Jacobs has spent 26 years with the central region franchise, serving the organisation in various capacities. Before taking up cricket administration as a career, Jacobs played both rugby and cricket at Perseverance College in Kimberley and Diamond Park Cricket in the Northern Cape.
He made his mark as an amateur rugby player at Perseverance College playing alongside the likes of Peter de Villiers, the former Springboks mentor. In the amateur cricket ranks, he distinguished himself as a breakaway bowler and centre batsman.
In the latter years of his tenure at Northern Cape Cricket the franchise, like its national counterpart CSA, wrestled with issues of transformation.
During that period the administration he served put off holding the prescribed annual general meeting owing to unspecified issues.
When the franchise eventually held its AGM early this year it opted to elect former amateur cricket player Gibson Molale as its first black president.
Former Proteas batsman and NCC manager Loots Bosman commented on Jacob’s resignation: “He served us well. I served under him too. This might be a good thing considering his health. He’s been in and out of hospital of late. The stresses of the job of CEO are not good for a person with his condition. I wish him well”.
Molale was not available for comment.