After successfully completed her education in May at the University of Technology in Brunei, Widaad Gukhool was eager to follow her dream of playing outside the shore of Mauritius. She started to train harder in order to be in top shape to fulfill her dream of making it to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.

However, luck smiled on her as she secured a professional deal with a Swedish Club – Lyckeby BTK, where she will be competing in the second division for the team.

Apart from being the top female player in Mauritius, Widaad Gukhool is a brainy in her studies having enjoyed scholarship courtesy of the Brunei government to study Mechanical Engineering in the oil-rich nation of Brunei from 2013 to 2017.

An excited Widaad Gukhool could not hide her joy of becoming the first female Mauritius player to play professionally abroad.

“This is one of my wishes coming true because I have been asking around since last year from some of the African players who were based in Europe to find me a club. I am delighted that today I have been able to train in a European club and play in one of the European leagues. It will definitely prepare me for my international competitions.

Widaad Gukhool has signed a one-year contract with a second division team – Lyckeby BTK in Swedish league and aware of the task she would be faced with, Widaad Gukhool is ready for the challenge. “I know the level will be quite high and I hope to learn a lot from different style of players. Also I will try my best to win more matches as possible for the team.

Securing the deal did not even come on a platter of gold, Widaad Gukhool made some sacrifice. “Between July and August, I went to two training camps in Denmark and Sweden, which I self-funded. The Sweden one was my club’s camp. So right after the camp, with the help of team spirit, I secured the deal.”

On her dream, she said: “My dream is always to qualify for the Olympics. Previously I was still busy with studies. At the same time, I didn’t have proper training facilities and we lack international competitions. Therefore one of my long term objectives is Tokyo 2020. I will have to at least reach quarterfinals at the African Games 2019 in singles and hope to win a medal in Team event. I think playing in Europe will definitely increase those chances.

As the Swedish league begins late September, Widaad Gukhool departed Mauritius on September 4 to team with her club for a training camp.