Promising tennis sensation, Thabiso Mabaka, remains the only local player to have reached the second round of the fiercely contested Africa Junior Championships (AJC). With the prestigious championships left with about two months, the Form Five student at Gaborone Senior Secondary is looking forward to improve on last year’s performance and put Botswana on the world map. This was after he received a major boost from a motor company, Kim’s Auto.
Kim’s Auto gave Mabaka quality equipment that comprised of a bicycle, two pairs of training boots, two rackets and attire. Mabaka told Sunday Standard that he would take advantage of the equipment from Kim’s Auto and train hard for the tournament.
Jangsu Kim, who is one of the directors of Kim’s Auto, said they saw it fit to help Mabaka because of the potential he has. Kim said Mabaka is an excellent player and that they found it necessary to help him because he had some challenges. “Mabaka is a talented player and can go places. We saw it fit to help him because we do not want to see a great talent like his going to waste. We were moved by the challenges he faced and saw it fit to help him.”
On the other hand, Botswana Tennis Association Secretary General, Nelson Amanze, told Sunday Standard that reaching the second round is not an easy task, especially for a player from Botswana. He said all Africa’s best talent ascends for the tournament because it helps in the rankings. He said it was also a blessing for Botswana to host the prestigious tournament ahead of many countries. AJC is mainly dominated by players from North African countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. South Africa is the only Southern African country that always gives the North Africans a tough time.
AJC is a prestigious tournament held across Africa and it would be coming to Botswana for the second time in a row.