Botswana may not have been among the super powers in Africa but the Southern African nation, Botswana is working tirelessly to ensure it groom players that will do the country prod in the continent in neat future.

With the successful staging of the maiden Botswana Table Tennis Association (BTTA) Premier League in 2014, the sponsor – Celiat Building Construction and Plant Hire was impressed and they have decided to inject another $7000 to kick-start the second season of the league.

At a colourful ceremony to unveil plans for the new season, BTTA President, Lesego Maifaila believes the company’s gesture would go a long way to develop table tennis in Botswana.

Lesego Maifaila said the company deserved an applause having employed and engaged the services of Botswana, they had decided to go into sports to help develop youth through sports.

He acknowledged that improving the standard of the sport has been faced with challenges but said that the support of private and parastatals is vital to help improving the fortune of the sport.

Operations Manager of Celiat Building Construction and Plant Hire, Kganetso Tlhalerwa said the gesture is part of their corporate social responsibility as a responsible company, which has the interest of its host nation. “It is not how much we give but the amount of love we give with, so we want to create a long lasting legacy in table tennis and to inspire others in the process. My company has taken a deliberate step to sponsor sports especially table tennis so that we can be part of the growth. However, we do not only give back to sports, we also give to the less privileged in the society,” Kganetso Tlhalerwa said.

For the Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Sports Commission, Falcon Sedimo, BTTA must make efforts to nurture the sponsorship. He added that the sponsorship would help to enhance the athletes’ competitive level as well as improve the lots of the sport. “Celiat Construction has ploughed a seed and what is left is for the table tennis executive to nurture this seed and makes sure it bears fruits. We want to see table tennis represented at the Olympics in futureand this can only happen if sponsors such as this ones are well taken care of,” Falcon Sedimo admonished.

The sponsorship support valued at P50,000 ($7000) was handed over to BTTA President by the representative of Celiat Construction Building and Plant Hire in Gaborone on October 22.

Bonolo Mabote and Boitshwarelo Butale are champions of the inaugural edition of the BTTA Premier League and they are expected to defend their titles against the likes of Tshepiso Rebatenne and Thobo Matlhatsi, who are the number one ranked male and female players in Botswana.

According to a prospectus made available by the Competition Director, Kudzanani Motswagole, the aim of the tournament is to raise the level of table tennis in Botswana through strong framework and league games as well as to have the best run sport league in Botswana.