In 2013, a 9 year old Malikah Hamza, became the youngest South African hockey player to scoop a professional sponsorship contract with Mr Price Sport. In 2015, at age 11, she became the only female cricketer in the world to be sponsored by the international sportswear giant, Slazenger. Her list of accomplishments on the sports field is even more impressive.
The gifted little 12 year old sport star from Kensington hasn’t played hockey in her own age group since she was nine and she became the first indoor hockey player in history to make the provincial u.11, u.12, and u.13 sides. She has scored 109 goals in the 2013 season, a whopping 264 goals for the 2014 season and 288 goals in 2015. For 2016 thus far, she has scored 210 goals and she was also selected for the WP U16 hockey team.
She has won most outstanding Junior Hockey Player for Wynberg Girls Junior, won Player of the Tournament at the Regional u.11 indoor hockey tournament, won player of the tournament at the regional u.12 indoor hockey tournament, won two silver medals at the u.12 national indoor tournament, won Player of the Tournament at the W.I.S.E.U.P u.13 girls tournament, was the top Goal Scorer u.14 for Central Hockey Club in 2014 with 63 goals, was the top Goal Scorer u.16 for Central Hockey Club in 2014 with 18 goals, was the top Goal Scorer u.14 for Central Hockey Club in 2015 with 82 goals, was the top Goal Scorer u.16 for Central Hockey Club in 2015 with 38 goals, won for Outstanding performance u.14 for Chesterhouse, won for Outstanding performance u.18 for Chesterhouse, became the Central Hockey Club u.14 Player of The Year in 2015, became the U.13 Player of the Tournament at the regional indoor tournament in 2016, was the Most Valuable Player u.13 and top goal scorer at Oakhill Festival in Knysna in 2016, and was the top Goal scorer at the inter-provincial u.13 hockey tournament held in Potchefstroom in June 2016.
In 2015, Malikah became the youngest cricketer ever to play against a senior international cricket side in a T20 match. She took the first wicket in the match.
Malikah has been described as a talented leg-spinner with a mean bowling style and many pundits believe that she will make the senior national side before she reaches matric. He father, Boebie Hamza, says that she has a style similar to former South African cricketer, Paul Adams. She currently plays for St Augustines Cricket Club and she plays in the boys u.11 side. She also plays for the senior ladies side where she took 17 wickets last season and had a top score of 28 not out against UCT. This season she has thus far picked up 17 wickets after only six T20 matches. She was invited to the WP u.19 schools girls cricket trials and made it past five grueling rounds. She was later called up into the side but had to withdraw because she had to take part in the national u.13 indoor hockey tournament.
She says that it is not easy playing with the boys because the competing team keeps on making nasty comments about her being a girl. At first she use to get angry about it, but now she keeps calm and makes sure she keeps scoring runs.
She is currently part of the WP Senior Ladies Winter Squad.
Malikah works very hard to get where she is. During the cricket season, she has school cricket practice on Monday’s and Wednesday’s, club cricket practice on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s, and she plays school cricket matches as well. On Saturday’s and Sunday’s she has club cricket matches, and she only gets time off on Friday’s. During the hockey season, she trains four days a week and play on Saturdays.
However, she also excels in her schoolwork, because if she does not excel, her parents will stop her sport. As a result, she makes sure that she works hard on her schoolwork so that she can play her sports.
Her hard work in both school and sports resulted in her being offered a full bursary at Reddam House school in Durbanville.
On her off days, Malikah likes to spend time with her family, enjoys challenging her older brother to a Fifa match on her Xbox, and she enjoys Roald Dahl books. Malikah’s role models are her dad, Boebie, and her cousin, Cobras cricketer, Zubayr Hamza. Boebie says that in addition to her achievements, he is very proud of the fact that she still manages to remain humble.
She also participates in swimming, water polo and soccer.
When asked what her goals are, she said that she wants to become one of the best hockey and cricket players in South Africa before she reaches matric, and she wants to represent the country at the junior Olympic Games in 2018. We’ll be waiting patiently for 2018 to arrive, a year in which Malikah will be taking that gold.
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