Port Elizabeth: The United Cricket Board (UCBSA) of South Africa offered young fast bowler Mfuneko Ngam a contract Wednesday after his impressive debut against New Zealand at the weekend."Mfuneko has an exciting future in South African cricket," UCBSa managing director Dr Ali Bacher said in a statement. The 21-year-old Ngam was thrilled about the offer and was expected to sign the contract in the coming weeks, the UCB said.The contract, the lowest of three categories for national players, will last until April 30 when it will come up for renegotiation. It will give him 7,500 rand ($ 970/ 1,100 euros) a month before provincial salary, match fees and bonuses."We want to give him security with a contract, but also to retain some control over his movements over the next couple of years," Bacher said. He added , "We do not believe it would be in his interests to play county cricket (in England) in the near future."Ngam made an impressive debut in the third and final Test against New Zealand at the weekend, consistently bowling at speeds in excess of 140 kilometres (84 miles) an hour. He took two wickets for 34 runs on Saturday.With Ngam and bowler Makhaya Ntini both in action, it was the first time two black Africans had played for South Africa in the same match. Ntini took three wickets.
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