Table tennis coach calls for exposure

Matlhatsi PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Matlhatsi PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

National table tennis team coach, Thobo Matlhatsi says the team’s poor showing on the international stage is due to players’ lack of exposure. Matlhatsi was recently handed the role for the second time to prepare the team for the upcoming AUSC Region 5 games in Johannesburg, South Africa from June 30 to July 3.

The BDF Table Tennis Club player/coach, assisted by Boykie Selerio, will oversee the training of both the men's and women’s teams. Their concerted effort [Matlhatsi and Selerio] saw them win two medals in the men's and women’s singles at the Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) regional tournament held in Gaborone last year. This time around, they are hoping for better fortunes at the AUSC Region 5 games. Speaking to Mmegi Sport, Matlhatsi bemoaned the national team’s lack of participation in continental and international competitions. In 2016, women’s top-ranked player, Tshepiso Rebatenne competed in a continental tournament and that was at the ITTF Africa Senior Championships held in Morocco.

Five years later, junior players, Sean Dekop and Game Kebodiwang were sent to the African Senior Championships held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. “I think our main problem is probably funding because we can only afford to participate in regional tournaments. We do not take our players to these international tournaments on a regular basis.

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