SOMILA Seyibokwe could be forgiven for keeping one eye on the cricket World Cup and saying, ‘I’ve played against him!’
For while the world’s best do battle across the country, he is aiming to get Denton West back into the Greater Manchester Cricket League, Premier League.
But there are no distractions from the 31-year-old’s aim, despite his more illustrious opponents.
The South African certainly comes with plenty of pedigree having played in his South African homeland for The Warriors and Border.
Seyibokwe, who has actually retired from professional cricket in South Africa to concentrate on business interests in Port Elizabeth, said: “I’ve played against and shared dressing rooms with some of the world’s best players, namely, AB De Villiers, Andre Russell, Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo. I’ve also played against the England side when they toured South Africa.
“I recently got engaged and also retired from professional cricket as I will be focusing on my businesses, so its exciting times for me as I start my new journey.”
Seyibowke has played cricket since he was seven-years-old after being introduced to it by Raymond Booi, the man who discovered South African bowling legend Makhaya Ntini.
With the weather being different and his fiancée thousands of miles away, you could be forgiven for thinking he would be homesick.
But there is nothing of the kind as he is determined to guide West back up and a recent run of victories has certainly helped those chances.
“Life in Denton is great especially when the sun is out,” Seyibokwe added.
“Denton West is home for me, I love everything about the club, the people and the junior set up.
“The standard of cricket is the same as the club level in South Africa, it’s just better organised here
“I don’t usually have goals or aims for myself but the one goal is get Denton West back in the GMCL Premier Leagueß for next season.
“And I don’t have any personal targets, my aim is to have fun with my mates!”