- Malikah Hamza became the youngest hockey player to secure professional sponsorship
- She has been captain of her school's under-13 cricket team for 3 years
- She aims to become South Africa's best cricket or hockey player before she does her matric
A 13-year-old girl from the Western Cape could be South Africa's next cricket or hockey sensation if she has it her way.
Malikah Hamza is so good at her favourite sports that she became the youngest hockey player to secure professional sponsorship when she was 10 years old.
Briefly.co.za also learned that Malikah secured a cricket sponsorship two years later.
The prodigy also became the youngest woman ever to compete at professional level when she played for the Western Province Combined Club XI against Zimbabwe’s Senior Women’s National Team in a T20 International.
In addition, she has captained her school's Boys Under-13 cricket team for three years. Speaking to Beautiful News, she said this was initially a challenge because she's a girl.
However, she silenced the "chirping" from the boys and earned their respect by scoring runs and taking wickets.
People think that only boys can do sport well, but I don't agree. I think I can play sport as well as any boy can, sometimes even better.
She credits her dad for being her role model and for his "strict" coaching. Her ambitions are clearcut:
I want to be the best hockey or cricket player in South Africa before I reach matric. I'm humbled by the thought that I'm a role model to other young girls.
I think that anyone can achieve their goals. They just need to keep their eye on the ball.
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