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BTTA Premier League commences

The second installment of the Botswana Table Tennis Association Premier League commenced this week Wednesday at the defunct Botswana National Youth Center, proving itself as a mainstay occasion in the association’s calendar besides the BTTA awards ceremony as well as its 9 tournaments after initial doubts at its start.


The 2014 number one ranked player swooned past Salome Matlhatsi with a 4-2 victory using the best of 7 method where the first player to pass the median bags victory while Thobo Matlhatsi also won Rorisang Raesima with the same 4-2 score.


BTTA Premier League chairman Kudzanani Motswagole said the league’s top 8 qualifiers had earned their positions through points garnered in all the 9 tournaments that had been held by different clubs in the country. Motswagole said that the remunerations at the league end will vary from the 2014 season remunerations as all participants in the top 8 will be awarded monetarily unlike in the previous season where only the top 3 finalists received prize monies.

The 2015 champion will pocket a sum of P5000 while players in the second and third positions will bag amounts of P3000 and P1500 respectively with the last eighth player receiving P800.00.


Motswagole also said that the 5 man strong BTTA league committee had resolved to design an individualistic league where players play individually as compared to a debilitating one-sided and imbalanced system of groups and teams playing in the league which has the potential to stymie competition as it pools together elite players along the regional and the top-flight players divide.


The 16 match league first round will continue over the weekend at BNYC where Motswagole revealed that the league committee has secured an improved workshop room with an arena status comprising spectator stands and professional table tennis paraphernalia.


Motswagole said that the 2015/2016 season promises to be a thrilling spectacle where no one can rest assured of the championship as the rivalries between the powerful Nhabe Table Tennis Club and the Gaborone based Smash Maniacs has already come to the fore with the league pendulum vigorously swinging to all the sides.

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