Geoffrey Toyana

Geoffrey Toyana

South Africa
Geoffrey Toyana

Full Name

Geoffrey Toyana


February 27, 1974, Soweto, Transvaal


47y 80d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium


Orlando High School


A product of the storied Soweto Cricket Club, Geoffrey Toyana was a prolific left-hander whose pull shot became the stuff of legend. He was classed as a development player which had benefits such as the opportunity to work on the MCC groundstaff in 1995 and drawbacks like the stigma surrounding being placed in that category. He played for Gauteng for several seasons with an average in the upper-20s, but only blossomed after moving to Easterns.

In the 2003-04 season, when the franchise system formed, Toyana averaged 39.85 and was one of the Titans' most important players. Three years later, time had run out and he found himself out of contract.

Easterns took him back but he only played for one more summer before accepting a role as coach in 2008. Toyana's work ethic soon saw him involved in structures higher up. He was included in the management team of the national emerging side in 2010 and involved in the Under-19 World Cup in 2012.

After being picked by Dave Nosworthy to become his assistant at the Lions in the 2011-12 season, it became clear Toyana was destined for higher honours. At the start of the next season, he was named South Africa's first black African franchise coach. Under him, the Lions broke a trophy drought that stretched five seasons when they won the domestic Twenty20 competition. They were also joint holders of the one-day cup and finished second on the first-class standings to cap off an outstanding maiden run for Toyana.

In recognition, he was named coach of a South African emerging side to play a quadrangular T20 tournament in Namibia in April 2013.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A71581287287*18.9503110
List A71364285143/233/2320.354.6926.00000

Debut/Last Matches - Player

Recent Matches - Player

Easterns vs W Province62--26-Feb-2011Cape TownList A
Easterns vs Gauteng20--24-Feb-2008BenoniList A
Easterns vs Gauteng25 & 50/50 & 1/421-Feb-2008BenoniFC
Easterns vs Griq West----10-Feb-2008KimberleyList A
Easterns vs Griq West0 & 21--07-Feb-2008KimberleyFC


Fans congratulate Lions coach Geoff Toyana on the Twenty20 title win
Lions captain Alviro Petersen and coach Geoff Toyana hold the Twenty20 trophy
Geoffrey Toyana
Gerald Dros and Geoffrey Toyana celebrate victory