Two badminton players off to Botswana

Two badminton players off to Botswana

MASERU – Two badminton players have left the country to Botswana where they are set to compete in the Botswana International 2021 Tournament.
However before the tournament they will join a training camp that will also consist of coaching courses for the coaches.
Tebello Selemela and Maria Phatsisi are the first badminton players to go out for competition since sport was allowed to resume after the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two athletes left with their coach, Nyakallo Seboka, and assistant coach, Refiloe Moeletsi. Before departing on Monday, Seboka told thepost that when going into any competition the expectation is to always win, however, he wants his players to fight. He said losing when you have fought hard also motivates a player to push harder in the next game.
“We don’t want them to say it’s the first time, although there is one who is going to the competition for the first time so they might be a bit nervous at first. It’s not just motivation for them, but even for those who were left here at home because they know they can get similar opportunities if they perform well,” Seboka said.

“It’s very important to have players competing at the tournaments because it exposes them to things they did not know, it’s not the same as training them. Also, it’s been a long time without playing and sometimes some techniques start to disappear, but we have started,” he said.
Seboka also coaches badminton at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and he said there are more women playing the sport at the university than men even though men tend to last longer in the sport than women.

When it comes to coaching there are a few accredited badminton coaches in the country and Seboka said that is why they will be taking the courses and one of the main reasons Moeletsi has travelled to Botswana is because she showed interest in coaching.

Tlalane Phahla

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