Gift Ngoepe

Baseball player

Gift Ngoepe plays for Pirates. Not the Soweto football giants, but a team that is as foreign to South Africans as the sport. Ngoepe became the first black South African to sign as a professional baseball player when he sealed a seven-figure deal with American Major League Club, the Pittsburgh Pirates in October last year. The 19-year-old has been touted in the American media as a prospect worth following, given his potential. This is hardly surprising because Ngoepe started training with the senior team at the age of 10. He was introduced to the sport almost from birth after his mother took up the job of caretaker at the Randburg Mets when he was just two years old. His impressive talents at the World Baseball Classic early this year further cemented the confidence of the Pirates in the young protege. � Phathisani Moyo

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