Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) yesterday laid to rest national team player Matshidiso Moses. The 37-year-old lady from Shashe Mooke passed on last week after fighting cancer for some time.
Former BTTA Secretary General, Game Mothibi observed that the loss of Matshidiso is a monumental loss to the country.
“Botswana lost a real woman in sport. A woman who was ready to take the president’ seat of BTTA in the next elections. She was very passionate about table tennis and had the most beautiful heart,” Mothibi said.
Mothibi who played with Matshidiso in the early 1990s said she (Matshediso) was passionate about sport and had a loving heart.
“She was the only one who played in the 1990s who was still actively playing the sport she passionately loved.
Mothibi further said Tshidi was an asset to the BTTA. “She had time for the sport and whenever she was outside she would buy more equipment for others to use,” said Mothibi.
She observed that the gone hero was a source of inspiration for young upcoming athletes and she had proved that dedication and commitment could bear good results.
She said one on the changes Matshidiso fought for was equal rewards in table tennis.
The decorated Matshidiso was a regular in the national team having risen with the sport from youthful age. She won herself sliver both locally and internationally.
Tshidi has left a legacy that many at BTTA believe will be a source of inspiration to develop the sport further because she had vision to see the game grow.
The industrious Matshidiso also served BTTA as the youth assistant coach. She held BTTA Level 2 Star coaching certificate, the highest level in Botswana.
Her colleague who they played for long time in the national team, Boitshwarelo Butale described Matshidiso as somebody who was supportive.
“Matshidiso was very supportive to the national team, her club and to other clubs. She motivated me during games and she used to tell me to cheer up whenever I go matches. She used to tell me that I should have a positive morale so that I could enjoy the game. We are going to miss her love. She loved all the players across all table tennis clubs” observed Butale.
Matshidiso by the time of her death she was the longest serving BTTA member.