“Our players are not mentally and emotionally ready to compete at this level”- Gologolo

Written by on 23 May, 2023

By Ayanda Nyuswa

South African Table Tennis coach Simon Gologolo believes his players are not mentally and emotionally equipped to compete at a highest level in Table Tennis. Gologolo spoke to the meida at the on-going World Table Tennis Championships in Durban. The tournament is being hosted on African soil for the first time, and the host nation has had a tough time since the action got underway. Team South Africa has played over ten matches and recorded just one win, which was a walk over in Round 64 of the Womens Doubles. Danisha Patel and Zodwa Maphanga proggressed to the next round after the team of Tammi Agari and Tracy Mawa failed to show up for the match. Patel and Maphanga then suffered a 3-0 defeat in the round of 32 against the Japanese duo of Hina Hayata and Mima Ito to add more misery to the host nation.

Team South Africa embarked on a 3-week training program in India to prepare for the tournament, coach Gologolo says the training camp was conducted to prepare the players for this particular tournament and it was not long enough to get the players mentally and emotionally ready to compete against world class players. Gologolo hopes that South Africa will soon form part of the World Table Tennis programme to get the players more active throughout the year.

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