An aspiring cricket player from Kensington High School represented the province in the u.16 squad last week.
Siseko Sobekwa, originally from Langa is a batsman for the Western Province cricket team. He was selected during the play-offs held in Pietermaritzburg in July and has recently scooped a Standard Bank Regional Performance Centre (RPC) Player of the Year Award.
“I never expected it, it came as a shock and it is a wake-up call that I must take cricket seriously,” said Siseko.
His friends introduced him to cricket in 2017 and he juggled between cricket and hockey, “but cricket is more fun,” he says.
Siseko said when the doors started opening up for him, he began to do more research and realised cricket has more opportunities than hockey. He also wants to balance playing professionally and his academics.
“A lot can happen in sport, I want to take it one step at a time even though I would like to take it as a career,” he said. He wants to become a qualified paramedic after matric.
Siseko said being part of the national team is not only an achievement to him, but the community of Langa and Kensington too.
He hopes to be an inspiration for many youths.
“It is very rare to have someone from an impoverished community such as Langa to achieve their dreams at a young age. Even to me, this was my dream, but I never expected it to come so early. So, I want everyone to know that with dedication and hard work all is possible,” said Siseko.
He left on Wednesday 28 August and returned on Sunday 1 September.
Hazel Manuels, principal for Kensington High School said the school is very proud of Siseko.
“I recently found out about his talent and we supported him right away. We want to see him achieve even more.”