Sinenjabulo Gogwana becomes the first woman to play in University Sport South Africa Cricket tournament
Sinenjabulo Gogwana © USSA Cricket/ Instagram
Sinenjabulo Gogwana created history as she became the first female to take part in the University Sport South Africa (USSA) Cricket tournament. The tournament has been staged in South Africa for sometime now and men’s teams from leading universities which are affiliated to USSA take part time in it.
Gogwana, who is just 19 years old, expressed a desire to see women’s teams play in the tournament in the near future. With women’s cricket expanding across the globe, Gogwana’s participation is a reminder that inclusion is the only way to take the game forward.
“I had a nice time playing with the gents and gaining some skills from them is a bonus point for me. I would love to see more women’s teams play for USSA Cricket in future,” Gogwana was quoted saying on USSA Cricket’s Instagram page.
It is also worth noting that USSA Cricket wrote something in the caption which hints at a separate competition for women in the future. “With the growth women’s cricket is having in South Africa, there is hope that Gogwana might see a women's team in USSA cricket soon,” read the last line of the caption.
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The young woman is currently studying Computer Science as her major at Rhodes University. She had a terrific debut, picking up one wicket for 22 runs in her six overs against University of Fort Hare.
She was congratulated by her captain and teammate, David Blenkinsop, who posted a comment on the USSA cricket’s post. He wrote, “An absolute legend of the game, been phenomenal for Rhodes 1sts.”
With the help of the efforts of Gogwana, her team managed to restrict the opposition for just 122 runs in 44 overs. The runs were chased down by Rhodes University but not in a convincing fashion. They won the match by just two wickets, sealing the run chase in the 41st over.