Faf expects Gibson to be named coach soon

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Proteas’ captain Faf du Plessis has revealed that Ottis Gibson will be named as the national team coach shortly if all goes to plan.

The former West Indies fast bowler had been linked to the job in the final days of the series against England, his current employer.

Cricket South Africa had set up a panel to make a recommendation to the board and it is understood they have selected Gibson.

Du Plessis said on arrival in South Africa: “It’s been told to us that the decision has been made by the coaching panel.

“They’ve chosen Ottis Gibson as their recommendation and now the board decides whether they want to use that recommendation or not.

“For me it was important, because I don’t know Ottis, to try and find something out about him.

“I spoke to a few of the West Indian players because he was their coach and then I spoke to the English guys about their thoughts on him.

“There were one or two differences in opinion, but the comments were positive.”

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Gibson will succeed Russell Domingo who has been at the helm of the team for four years producing a mixed bag of results.

The former West Indies quick has experience of playing in South Africa having turned out for Border and Gauteng.

Highveld Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana had been the frontrunner for the post until news of an approach for England’s bowling coach was leaked to the media.

It would seem it is now just a matter of procedure being fulfilled before Gibson is announced as the new coach.