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KOKOnista of The Day: Carol Tshabalala Is Africa’s Beloved First Lady Of Sports

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Carol Tshabalala is the award winning South African sports broadcaster who is also known as Arica’s “First Lady of Sports.”

Carol Tshabalala has broken barriers to become a world class sports presenter – and there’s more to come!
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Her star has grown from strength to strength having achieved major career milestones. When Carol Tshabalala started her career as a sports anchor two decades ago, she followed a path she never imagined.


Today, she is the Queen of sports presenting and has provided coverage to some of the most prestigious events in sports. Through her successful career as a sportscaster for SABC Sport, Carol has won the hearts of millions.

Carol was married for six years to Solomon Mañana, her first love and got divorced in December 2006 while she was pregnant with her second son, Solomon. Carol expressed that she felt trapped in her marriage for the longest time and had to get out. Overall, the marriage was one where she was emotionally and physically abused. In 2011 when she left SABC Sport to join SuperSport, Carol used this opportunity to start afresh and use her maiden surname, Tshabalala. Carol Tshabalala is who she is now.

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Despite her fame and success on screen, Carol’s a mom first. She’s got three sons, Joel, Mpho – her late sister’s son whom she’s taken in and considers her own – and her youngest, Solomon. They’re sports fanatics too, and proud of mom and her work. Carol has paved the way for lots of woman sportscasters that came after her by showing that women too can succeed in an enterprise that is dominated by men.Carol is the first and currently the only African to host the FIFA Ballon d’Or. In 2016, Carol also made history when she joined Premier League and became the only African presenter at English Premier League sportscasters. Photo Credit: Getty

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