Moshupa Spinners table tennis club Bakang Maloka has won the Phoenix Assurance top 16 tournament for the fourth time in a row.
Maloka says his love for table tennis started when he finished writing PSLE in Gaborone.
He said:”I then continued to play when I was at Diratsame Junior Secondary School in Moshupa where my mentor Maatla Dikgomo taught me the winning strategy. I won my first BISA singles in 2012 then continued to win in Senior School.”
This is his fourth consecutive victory in this tournament. Maloka said “I won the 2 last tournaments of the season last year, then I won 2 tournaments of this season.”
Maloka noted that it was a difficult tournament but not that difficult because some top players were missing due to covid 19 pandemic.
He further added that prior to the tournament, he experienced some challenges. He said “I have to be physically fit to win a tournament and that was not really the case, the long pause in sports made it difficult for me to adjust, my time schedule is also 1 factor that makes it difficult for to train because I knock off late at work.”
Moreover, Maloka said he is grateful for his club and all that it offers. He said “My club always provide me with money for transport, for training, they register for me at the tournaments, and they provide me with training, hence why i am grateful to them.”
“My goal is to see myself playing at the All Africa Games and the Commonwealth Games. I hope my dream does become a reality,” opined Maloka.
When asked on what advice he can give to aspiring players, Maloka said “They should keep training and be patient whenever they lose because their time will come. Patience and hardwork pays.”
Maloka noted that in his career he has gone through a lot, both good and bad, adding that he is hoping for greater achievements to bag. He said: “My greatest ambition is to play at the World University Games in Tapei and the other is to win a singles medal at the Region 5 games.”
“My winning period has continued, I was not struggling in 2018 and 2019 to win tournaments, because I ranked number 1 in Botswana in 2016 and 2017,” added Maloka. He further noted that he intends to keep a clean sheet.
“I would love to win a grand finale tournament because I lost in the quarterfinals,” concluded Maloka.