Emmanuel Seberame, spinner of the University of the Western Cape, who has also played T20 cricket for Western Province, is a talented cricketer.
He has escaped the rigours and the war in Rwanda as a baby and has played for Province occasionally over the past few years.
Paul Adams, the Western Province Academy coach, says the talented Seberame still requires more consistency to increase his effectiveness.
Williams said Junaid Cassiem is somebody who recently struck 164 for the University of Stellenbosch in a club game over 50 overs and much is expected of him.
The all-rounders Mihali Mpongwana and Todd Walker will also be closely watched.
Ryan Klein has been in the Western Province Academy for two seasons and has displayed good skills and consistency, said Adams.
Both Adams and Williams made it clear that the development of three-day skills are vital for the development of players.
It is about greater patience, reading the game and honing our skills in this format. Winning the cup is almost a secondary focus.
Making players ready in the pipeline structures to reach semi-professional status, is what this is all about.
According to Thabang Moroe, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of CSA, the aim for this tournament is to prepare players for possible provincial selection at one of the affiliates.
It is also focused on broadening the base of players available to provincial coaches; to develop the skills of coaches; and to foster collaboration within provincial academies.
The first round of matches (Thursday – Saturday): Cobras vs Dolphins (REC Ground), Knights vs Titans (Bridgton) and Warriors vs Lions (Langenhoven Gymnasium)
Second round of matches (Monday – Wednesday): Cobras vs Knights (Langenhoven Gymnasium), Titans vs Lions (REC Ground), Dolphins vs Warriors (Bridgton).
The Cobras academy squad is: Jesse Christensen, Emmanuel Seberame, Gavin Kaplan, Mujahid Toffaar, Todd Walker, Lutho Mtandeki, Junaid Cassiem, Bailey Aarons, Mihali Mpongwana, Ryan Klein, Daniel Moriarty, Mark Adrianatos, Athenkosi Kwitshana