One-time Springbok Kaya Malotana is the new head coach for the FNB TUT Vikings.
His appointment was announced during a media briefing and send-off lunch at TUT’s Pretoria Campus on Friday, 31 January ahead of the 10th season of the FNB Varsity Shield.
Malotana, who made his name as a centre for the Border Bulldogs in the late 1990s also became the the first black African player to play a Test for the South Africa when he faced Spain at the 1999 Rugby World Cup - when the Springboks finished third in Wales. The 44-year-old has been roped in to help the Vikings gain promotion back into the FNB Varsity Cup this year (which they were relegated from in 2012). They will compete in the 2020 Varsity Shield competition [the 10th edition since it's launch as the second tier in 2011] starting on Valentine’s Day.
According to Shadrack Nthangeni, the Director of Sport and Recreation, the arrival of Malotana signals the dawn of a new era, as he brings with him a wealth of experience after playing rugby at the highest level.
Speaking at the media briefing, Professor Lourens van Staden, Vice-Chancellor and Principal said, as a former president of the TUT rugby club and a former rugby player himself, he is convinced that TUT, with the potential that it has will bounce back to the Varsity Cup.
“I want to encourage you to work hard and give your best. Rugby is a team sport, therefore, let’s look out for one another and make the most of every opportunity. We are extremely privileged to have a former Springbok player as our new coach - he is not only a coach, but also a role model from whom you can learn a lot,” added Prof Van Staden.
Article courtesy of tut.ac.za