Coach optimistic about medals

MANGAUNG - The Free State Table Tennis team coach, David Kgabale, is adamant that players selected to represent the provincial trials will bring more medals.
This followed after the tough trials held at Mokgwabong Primary School in Welkom.
 The objective was to select the best that will compete against the best in the 2017 South African Schools Table Tennis Championships in Cape Town as from December 10 until December16.
Kgabale said they were forced to select only six aspiring and skilled players to represent the province. The U/15 and U/18 trialists were from all districts of the province. He said trials started at schools, districts and later to provincial level. 
“We had dedicated players in the trials but selectors were bold enough to select the cream of the crop. It was tough, players fought very hard to be named in the provincial team.
I am optimistic that this year we will bring a number of medals. Some of the selected players are not new in a tournament of that magnitude and the experience will count,” added Kgabale.
The tournament is seen as a stepping stone for young players to be able to showcase their talent at national as well as international competitions. Kgabale boasted that there are some promising players who, for the past three years, played at international level.  “We are starting to groom them at an early age, whereas none has won the gold medal in the international competition but they are learning new tricks yearly and their matches are tremendously improving, ”said the confident coach who has been with the team for the past 16 years.
As of next Monday, players will be taken through intensive training and practice sessions.  “This will be the right time for the coach to fine tune them as schools will be closed and they have all the time. This year we really mean business, ” Kgabale said. Kgabale conveyed words of gratitude to the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation for the unwavering support to the players. “We appreciate what they are doing, they are always there for us,” concluded Kgabale.      

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