Kofi Apea-Adu, left and his brother Philip Apea-Adu are fast becoming rising stars in the world of professional cricket and rugby. Photo Supplied.
Date: 07 October 2017 By: Isabel Venter
Two of Louis Trichardt's proud brothers, Philip Apea-Adu and his older brother, Kofi, are fast becoming rising stars in the world of professional cricket and rugby.
Neither of the two needs much in the way of introduction. Philip is currently a Grade-11 student and deputy headboy at Louis Trichardt High School, where Kofi was also a student and headboy in 2013.
Philip is currently attending a training camp after he was chosen by the South African Rugby Union to be part of their Elite South African U/17 practice group. Only one other player from Limpopo was selected for the team. Earlier in the year, Philip also represented the Limpopo Blue Bulls team at the renowned annual Craven Week. During his team’s match against Border Stedelik (which they won 59-41) Philip was voted Man of the Match.
When Philip is not on the rugby field, he can be found representing his school on the cricket and athletics field. At the beginning of the year, Philip qualified to represent the school at the national athletics championships in the U/17 boys' 100 mH. Like brother Kofi, Philip was also selected for the Titans cricket team. In 2015, he played for the Titans' U/16 team. Brother Kofi played for the Titan Cubs (U/19) in 2013.
Since playing for the Titan Cubs, the 22-year-old Kofi has pursued his dream of becoming a professional cricket player. He has already played in 14 first-class matches, making his first-class debut for Easterns in the 2014/15 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup on 27 November 2014
At this stage, Kofi has 21 provincial wickets under his belt, with his best bowling figures of 3/39. He recent made headlines in the African T20 Cup match between Easterns and Western Province when he claimed an impressive 3 for 25 to help his team to defend their total of 163/8. Easterns bowled Western Province out for 152. His highest first-class score with the bat is 31.
Isabel joined the Zoutpansberger and Limpopo Mirror in 2009 as a reporter. She holds a BA Degree in Communication Sciences from the University of South Africa. Her beat is mainly crime and court reporting.