JOHANNESBURG – The Central Gauteng Lions’ new chief executive, Jono Leaf-Wright, doesn’t fear the often volatile political environment in Gauteng cricket, saying he has the backing of the board and union president Jack Madiseng.
Leaf-Wright was a somewhat surprising appointment as chief executive, replacing veteran sports administrator Greg Fredericks, who is stepping down next month.
At 37, Leaf-Wright – who has been involved in junior coaching in the region – is among the youngest chief executives in the country, and takes on a job where the political environment has often proved very difficult to traverse.
“Greg’s done a wonderful job in making sure I’m coming into much calmer waters than he faced when he started,” Leaf-Wright said yesterday.
“Having been involved in the system for many years, I’ve got the support of many people. I’m not coming into this as a complete outsider, where I have to prove my worth to any one.