FORMER Proteas legends, Herschelle Gibbs and Jonty Rhodes, have praised the Powerade National Academy Programme, saying it is a wonderful opportunity for the 18 players involved to enhance themselves as cricketers. The pair, along with the likes of Robin Peterson, Dane Piedt, Kruger Van Wyk, and Vincent Barnes, have spent the last three days at the Cricket South Africa (CSA) High Performance Centre in Pretoria. They were invited to a three-day specialist coaching programme, where they not only helped coach the players, but also shared some of the experiences gained over a number of years playing at the highest level. The players began the three-month Academy course at the CSA Centre of Excellence at the end of May and they are now in the final phases, preparing themselves to play for the SA Emerging Squad tour of Zimbabwe next month. They are set to participate in a two four-day matches and three List A unofficial ODIs.