Lungi Ngidi becomes first cricketer signed to Roc Nation Sports group

BOITUMELO RANTAO 

SOUTH African star bowler Lungi Ngidi has been signed to Roc Nation Sports following his stellar season for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

The Cricket South Africa’s 2020 ODI and T20I Cricketer of the Year is regarded as one of the most promising young talents from an illustrious crop of Proteas bowlers. He joins Countrymen Siya Kolisi and Cheslin Kolbe, who joined the sports titans Roc Nation after their 2019 Rugby World Cup triumph.

Roc Nation Sports has made the big announcement in a short video which features the three South African sports stars.

The 24-year old joins NBA Champion Kyrie Irving (Brooklyn Nets), British Premier League stars Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace), and Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) as prominent global figures in the Roc Nation family.

Ngidi spoke highly of the culture Roc Nation has created and how both entities will grow together “I’ve been inspired by everything Roc Nation has done since growing the family in South Africa. I love the vision‚ the culture and everything they stand for. It resonates with me as a person and who I am as a human being‚

“It is really important to have a dedicated team that helps to reassure me and ensure that every time I go out and play‚ I can perform to the best of my ability and help me grow my career for South Africa a lot further.” he continued

Roc Nation will manage Ngidi’s career, effective immediately and were thrilled at the prospect of adding him to their roster.

“Lungi is a wonderful, talented, young man. He has the ability and the drive to be the best fast bowler in the world. We are thrilled to be on this journey with him, to achieve all of his goals and objectives on-and-off the field. His compassion, and his dedication to philanthropic work, aligns perfectly with our company values and spirit. South Africa is a very important market to Roc Nation and, having spent a lot of time on the continent over the last 12-months, our desire to support development of talent and offer a Global platform for the stories of these incredible athletes to be told has grown 10-fold”.

“The people of South Africa have welcomed us [Roc Nation] with open arms and, as a company, we will continue to support the country in whatever way we can,” a Roc Nation executive said in a statement.