Local karate sensation in Malaysia

21st February 2018
ABROAD: Setshego is going to school Source:The Midweek Sun

Botswana’s under 60kg karate sensation Thabang Setshego is currently in Malaysia for a four –year business course in Human Resources Management. The Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Skills funded his studies through the Elite Scholarship Fund. The young karateka jetted off to the Asian nation last week Friday. In an interview with Sun Sports this week, Setshego said he is settling well in the foreign country, however he is not sure what will happen with his sports career in the meantime.

As an elite athlete, Setshego said he is still trying to figure out how to balance his sports career and school. “ I want to remain focused, school will be first for now but I am not intending on neglecting my abilities as a karateka too, ” Setshego said. Setshego said he is currently in talks with an Egyptian coach who currently serves as the national team coach in Malaysia; “ The coach said he will speak to the Malaysian Karate Federation on my behalf and see what to do. If things go well, I might start training with the national team, if not, I will find other ways to deal with it,” he said.

The enthusiastic lad said he would be looking to take advantage of being under the guidance of some of the best karate coaches while in Asia, adding that he will be looking to put the skills learnt while abroad to good use when he returns to Africa. The optimistic Setshego also mentioned that he is excited in that China and Botswana Karate Association (BOKA) are also up on their toes to help him realize his dreams. Setshego said he will probably miss out on some of the major competitions this year as his fund can only cover two major tournaments.

According to Setshego, there is a chances that he might miss out on the Zone 6 competitions to be held in Botswana this May but will surely be available for the Africa Championship slated for Rwanda. Quizzed on their plans for the athlete, BOKA president Tshepo Bathai said they have already engaged one coach in Malaysia to keep an eye on him. “ As far as we are aware he is in good hands, we will keep monitoring his stay there and we will assist him whenever possible,” Bathai assured. He said he was not aware if Setshego was currently in talks with any other coach apart from the one who they had been in talks with before his departure. “ He can be coached by someone until we are sure of his capabilities as a coach,” Bathai said.

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