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Table Tennis star eyes Cape Town Open tourney

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FUNGAYI MUNYORO-CHINGAIRA

MUTARE-He was just an eight year old boy when he participated in the Manicaland Closed Under-10 Table Tennis Tournament at Mutare Teachers College in 2017. It was his first ever tournament. He emerged victorious with a gold medal.
Since then, Trust Madoro has never looked back as he continues making waves in his career.
Madoro’s six year career has produced 34 gold medals, 10 silver and a bronze medal and he is ranked number 1 in the Zimbabwe Under-15 category.
Madoro, now 14 is excelling beyond his age having tested victory over players who are above him in the country’s rankings.
He believes that securing sponsorship would greatly improve his career.
In 2019, the Mutare-based star bagged a silver medal at the Zambia Chinese Ambassador’s Table Tennis Championship in Lusaka, Zambia.
Madoro, who has been enjoying a phenomenal career, was in top form recently during the Schools Table Tennis Tournament in Harare and he brought home four medals.
The tournament was hosted by Dominican Convent School at Veritas Sports Club.
He participated in the Under-15 and Under-18 singles and Under-18 doubles categories.
Madoro took home a silver medal in the Under-15 category after being beaten by his partner in the doubles Emmanuel Muzeza of Ruwa’s Winwood College. In the Under-18 singles, Madoro beat Aiden Mabaudi from Goromonzi High School and bagged a gold medal. In the Under-18 doubles, Madoro and his longtime partner Muzeza claimed gold. He won another medal for being player of the tournament. Madoro’s coach and father Kudakwashe claimed the coach of the tournament award.
In an interview with Mirror Sport, Kudakwashe said he is happy with his son’s achievements.
“It was a tough tournament and Trust managed to endure and showed consistency in his playing tactics. The under- 18 singles final was not an easy match for Trust. It was a tough one but because of training and endurance he managed to beat Aidan Mabhaudhi from Goromonzi High School.
“For the doubles, Emmanuel Muzeza has always been his partner for the past three to four years so they connect well in terms of movement. Their gold medal in the doubles is well deserved,” he said.
Madoro’s next tournament is the Zimbabwe Open tournament from April 29-30, 2023 at Divaries Makaharis School in Harare.
Financial challenges has stood in the way of the star’s progression in the sport. He has been invited to several regional tournaments but has failed to participate in these tournaments due to financial challenges.
Another beckoning tournament is in South Africa, The Cape Town Open 2023 Tournament slated for May 2-7, 2023 in Cape Town and Madoro is afraid of missing out again.
In an interview, Madoro said with financial assistance, he has a great future in the sport and could scale to dizzy heights.
“I have participated in various tournaments across Zimbabwe and won most of them overcoming some players in other higher age groups. I have been invited to play in some of these tournaments but unfortunately failed to travel and sometimes I have other players replace me because I would have failed to travel due to financial constraints.
“With all the necessary support I’m sure I can achieve a lot. All I need is table tennis equipment, transport fares, accommodation, affiliation and registration fees among others. I am grateful to my family, they have been supportive and helped me to attend all the tournaments that I have attended,” he said.
His father also echoed the same sentiments, indicating how difficult it was for him to foot some of the associated bills.
“When he goes for a local or regional tournament, I have to pay for everything from accommodation, meals and even the attire he would be wearing. He has to go and participate in the Cape Town Open tournament but so far there are no finances. I am trying to run around since it’s an important tournament for him. There is much exposure and competition so I really want him to go,” he said

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