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South Africa coach wants his side to follow the 'Pep Guardiola style'
Drawing inspiration from Pep Guardiola

South Africa coach wants his side to follow the 'Pep Guardiola style'

Enoch Nkwe says he wants to see his side follow the Pep Guardiola style to turn South Africa into a winning force.

Following India's massive win over South Africa in the first Test, Faf du Plessis had called out for patience over this young side following the retirement of veterans Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla.

Nkwe said South Africa needed Guardiola's innovative style but cautioned it will take some time to get to that level.

"What I want is this team to have the courage, in certain situations, to really back themselves," he said.

"I suppose that every coach that comes in has a different philosophy."

Nkwe has been appointed as South Africa’s interim coach for the India tour. His coaching career took a major lift when he achieved a lot of success with Highveld Lions, winning the four-day and T20 titles.

‘South Africa must dominate sessions for a longer period’

Nkwe said South Africa must dominate sessions for a longer period of time and be smarter and innovative to be able to control the opposition.

Nkwe said Guardiola has a genius of improving systems, and admires his total passion for football -- something that resonated with his love for cricket.

"I feel I have so much to offer to the game, especially back in our country."

Nkwe's dream was to make a difference in people's lives, he said, and feels now he can.

"I will keep driving forward to ensure that the team keeps growing, keeps believing in themselves that they can achieve greater heights."

Nkwe, who played only 42 first class games in the South African provinces before injury cut short his career, said the challenge of touring India will define the team's character in the coming years.

"My biggest focus is to help this team create a strong foundation. We have lot of work behind the scenes [so] that this team grows in the next four years," he said.

"Ultimately it's about the big picture and we need to be patient with players that might take a bit of time to produce the type of performances we are looking forward to.

"And this is a great place to see that. What sort of character of the team we have and what sort of areas we need to really look at and look to rectify as quickly as possible."

The second Test starts on October 10 at Pune.