It was a night of stars on Saturday when the Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) held its first ever gala dinner awards at the Maharaja Conference Centre.
Bonolo Mabote and Boitshwarelo Butale both of Smash Maniacs were the toast of the night when they won top awards.
Both won 13 of their 14 games to emerge tops in the men and women competitions. Mabote won the men’s league and was confirmed champion before the competition ended. His closest rivals were Thobo Matlhatsi and Joseph Kgatlampane who he beat to the P5,000 top prize.
In women’s category, Butale beat the talented and experienced Matshediso Osi from Smashers and Tshepiso Rebatenne of Nhabe to first prize. While Mabote attributes her one loss to fatigue, Butale said she underrated her opponent Lovie Chilisa of Smash Maniacs. “I could have recorded 100% win this year, but I undermined Chilisa in the first sets, when I tried to come back it was already late and I lost 4-3 to spoil my good record,” said Butale.
In the men’s awards, Kennete Santudu of Nhabe settled for silver ahead of Kgatlampane
Botswana National Olympic Committee chief executive officer, Tuelo Serufho thanked BTTA for introducing the league and staging a first awards ceremony.
Serufho pleaded with the winners on the night not to sit on their laurels, but to continue working hard to help the league improve and attract many people including sponsors. He encouraged those who did not win to go and work hard to be the best next year.