Gerdie Karstens wrote an great story on Cecil Afrika in Die Burger today. As it is in Afrikaans, we’re going to translate it for our international readers and all Cecil Afrika supporters.
Yes for Sevens, but No Thanks for Super- and Currie Cup Rugby.
The BlitzBok Cecil Afrika, overall points- (181) and try-scorer (22) on the HSBC Sevens World Series this season, has no plans to return to the 15-man code.
In fact, after his outstanding performance in Las Vegas last weekend, he is even more convinced that his future is with the Sevens-game. With his ability to score tries, Afrika helped the BlitzBokke to eventually win the tournament.
“I don’t think I will return to the 15s game soon. I will rather focus on my game with the BlitzBokke. I see myself being part of Sevens for a long time,” the play-maker (pictured below by Getty Images) added.
While his performance has been most impressive, no local or international teams have shown interest in acquiring his services.
Afrika played for the Griffons in the (South African) Vodacom- and Currie Cup competitions between 2006 and 2009.
After four tournaments on the Sevens World Series circuit, Afrika remains the top points- and try-scorer. However, he remains humble about it all. “There are many good players and everyone has the talent. It requires hard graft to reach the top in Sevens. Good ball-skills and footwork is but a part of it.”
What does he still want to achieve in Sevens?
“I want to be a part of a BlitzBokke side who will (again) win a Series.”
Our Salute to Cecil Afrika published some time ago.