Makhaya Ntini urges Graeme Smith to make the Proteas bend the knee

Makhaya Ntini urges Graeme Smith to make the Proteas bend the knee

- Makhaya Ntini has expressed his disappointment in the Proteas decision to not take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

- Ntini is urging Cricket South Africa Director Graeme Smith to lead by example and instruct the national team to take the knee

- Others are saying that it could turn out to be rather embarrassing should the Proteas opponents, England take the knee on Friday

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Former professional cricket player Makhaya Ntini is urging the Proteas to take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The Proteas made the decision to not take the knee and Ntini was disappointed at this action, to say the least.

The Twenty20 series is going to begin on Friday and the Proteas are in the headlines for their decision. Others have said that if their opponents, England decide to take the knee, it would be rather embarrassing for South Africa.

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Ntini said that Graeme Smith, the director of Cricket South Africa (CSA) needs to step in and instruct the national cricket team to take the knee.

Makhaya Ntini urges Graeme Smith to make the Proteas bend the knee
Makhaya Ntini is urging Cricket South Africa Director Graeme Smith to make the Proteas bend the knee in support of Black Lives Matter. (Photo by Christopher Lee-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
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“It is really disappointing to see that South Africa are not going to take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement during the series against England,” said Ntini.

Ntini said that Smith was the first to take the knee and he should lead by example by instructing the Proteas to do the same.

"Graeme Smith, was the first one to take the knee during the 3TC event in Pretoria, so why has he decided against what he started?" he said.

The former Proteas cricketer maintained that since Smith started the whole thing of taking the knee, he should not turn around on his word. Ntini says that Smith needs to continue taking the knee, along with the Proteas.

In other sports news, Briefly.co.za reported that Coach Ernst Middendorp is set to head back to old favourites, Maritzburg United. German Coach Ernst Middendorp is reportedly returning to Maritzburg after resigning from Saint George SC in Ethiopia after serving as their coach for a mere one month of the three-year contract he had initially signed.

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Middendorp had served as a coach for Maritzburg United for the first time in 2009 and then again in 2012 for one year before joining Bloemfontein Celtics. In 2016 Middendorp once again returned to Maritzburg United.

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