If you don’t have time to play, it’s time to move on: The Citizen by admin · May 7, 2022 The Lions finally announced this week that scrum-half Sanele Nohamba will play for them in the coming years. Unsurprisingly, the 23-year-old switched from the Sharks. The talented No. 9 just didn’t take the next step and didn’t get the support he could have wanted, and in cases like his it’s best to move on. This week I want to discuss players moving between syndicates when opportunities to play are not forthcoming. Having the chance to show what you can do is all any player wants – and it is … The Lions finally announced this week that scrum-half Sanele Nohamba will play for them in the coming years. Unsurprisingly, the 23-year-old switched from the Sharks. the talented n. 9 he just didn’t take the next step and didn’t get the support he could have wanted, and in cases like his it’s best to move on. This week I want to discuss players moving between syndicates when opportunities to play are not forthcoming. Having a chance to show what you can do is all that every player wants and is extremely important. It allows a player to expose themselves and be recognized for their potential. Unfortunately, the environment is sometimes not fair. A young player may have all the skills, class and talent, but he doesn’t fit the team. I think back to a few others. Former Bulls player Warrick Gelant never hit the highs he is now hitting with the Stormers, while Manie Libbok also never settled for the Bulls and Sharks, but is now thriving with the Stormers. Also, remember all those youngsters who never had a real chance at the Bulls but got big at Lions – Franco Mostert, Courtnall Skosan, Andries Coetzee – and Faf de Klerk who moved from the Pumas and Warren Whiteley who moved from Sharks. Lions’ excellent 2016-2018 Super Rugby team was built around young players who have never had a look at other unions. The fact is that coaches believe in some players and not others, and all players want is for a manager to support them and give them a fair chance to show what they are worth. READ ALSO: Confirmed: winger Bok Sbu Nkosi joins the Bulls It’s not that Libbok was a bad player at the Bulls or the Sharks and has now become a quality number 10. He’s always been good, but the environment didn’t suit him, which is why it was important to him and others that I went ahead, looking for a new outfit, just like Nohamba did. The same goes for Curwin Bosch; he was a Craven Week superstar, hired by the Sharks as soon as they could catch him, and while he grew up for a while, under a new team of coaches and with several players around him, he didn’t make the progress he would have liked, or that that we would have expected. It is time for him to move too. Bosch hasn’t become a bad player, or a poorer player than he was a few years ago; it’s just that for whatever reason his career and his growth have stalled. Of course, as I’ve said here, there’s a lot more to this topic than just a player who is good enough and not good enough to get regular playing time and settle into a team. Sometimes a player also has to consider a backward move rather than a side move to ultimately go forward. For example, Nohamba basically switched from one URC franchise to another, but he could also have switched to the Pumas or the Cheetahs, a backward move. This is something other players who are stuck in a routine on a team can definitely consider. At the end of the day it’s the regular playtime and support that matters most. We hope to see the best of Nohamba to Lions.