CEO of the Limpopo Impalas Cricket franchise Tommy Phiri has applauded the work done by the team in seeing a successful 2022/23 season.

The Impalas are playing their final match of the four-day domestic cricket season division two. They are pitted against promotion chasers Eastern Storm at their home ground of Polokwane Cricket club in Limpopo.

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Mini cricket kids from all five districts in Limpopo have also been invited by the franchise for the duration of the match.

Limpopo Impalas success story

Amongst their biggest success this season was also the decision by Cricket South Africa to award Limpopo Impalas First Class status in October 2022. All of the Limpopo Impalas matches are now recorded in the ICC Classification of Official Cricket.

Limpopo Impalas bowler Zakhele Qwabe
Limpopo Impalas bowler Zakhele Qwabe

CSA came to the decision after a two-year trial period where they displayed the required level of professionalism and performance. 

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“The office as a whole has been quite challenging from a financial point of view. But we tried everything in our power to also sustain and address issues that are key, which is cricket,” said Phiri.

Limpopo Impalas Morne Venter
Limpopo Impalas Morne Venter

“The improvements of the facilities, there are new business partners that are coming in for the new season. Wenbro is partnering with us and I would like to welcome them.

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“There has been a whole lot of tremendous work put together in the past two seasons. I think the biggest factor was the division one and two when Cricket South Africa decided to also restructure domestic cricket,” he said.

Limpopo Impalas players
Limpopo Impalas players

“The last game for us against Storms is also a key one. It’s actually important for them because they are one of the teams looking to be promoted to division one.”

Phiri was appointed CEO of the Impalas In September 2019 and has steered the ship to be a well-oiled and professional organization.

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