Remember the name, Karabo Lemphane. At 10, she is being hailed as one of the best, if not the best player, seen at a KFC Mini-Cricket Festival in South Africa.
Even top cricketers, Beuran Hendricks and Craig Alexander, are talking her up after interacting with her at a recent mini-cricket festival, where she made a surprise appearance.
Lemphane was discovered by North West development coach, Seiso Tau, through the Talent Identification Program about three years ago and already plays hard ball cricket.
Watch a video of Karabo at the KFC Mini Cricket Festival:
This North West dynamite plays for her Hub in the Girls U13 and U19 school leagues, in which both teams have made it to their semi-finals.
Opposition teams complained about her featuring in both leagues, so she chose the U13 League because she felt they needed her more than the U19s, who she believes can win without her.
Coach Seiso is passionate about developing the game among women, and having someone like Lemphane in his hub just makes all his work worthwhile. Even though she is more than capable, he is keen not to rush this super talented all-rounder.
Watch a video of Coach Seiso Tau:
The coach has decided not to take her to the U13 provincial tournament, because she still has got three more years at U13. He is giving an U13 girl a chance, because it will be her last chance to play in the tournament, and will then choose Lemphane for the next three years.
Not only is this smart Grade 5 learner outstanding on the field, she has now been chosen to be a scorer for her U19 provincial girls team at the National Cricket Week, the youngest scorer to ever do so.
With a little help from her coach, she has learnt how to score on a tablet and she now scores games in the premier league in Potchefstroom. Lemphane started scoring by watching the scorers and asking questions and eventually helping them out. Now, she is a scorer in her own right.
Photo 1 caption: Meet 10 year-old Karabo Lemphane, who is being hailed as one of the best – if not the best player – seen at a KFC Mini-Cricket Festival in South Africa. Photo: Supplied
Photo 2 caption: This North West dynamite plays for her Hub in the Girls U13 and U19 school leagues, in which both teams have made it to their tournament semi-finals. Photo: Supplied
Photo 3 caption: Not only is Karabo outstanding on the field, she has also the youngest person to be chosen to be a scorer for her U19 provincial girls team, at the National Cricket Week. Photo: Supplied
Photo 4 caption: Karabo was discovered through the Talent Identification Program by North West development coach, Seiso Tau, about three years ago, and already plays hard ball cricket. Photo: Supplied