Awande Malinga is undeniably having the best season in her squash games. Having recently come back from a victory of Junior Squash Association (NJSA) Closed Tournament and Interprovincial Tournament in Bloemfontein last week, Malinga stands a great chance to be in the top three of the Top 10 U-16 Junior Squash Rankings to be announced on the 30th of July.
But her father Celumusa, who is also her main coach, foretells the disappointment and challenges that come with this kind of achievement.
By virtue of being in the top three, the 14-year-old squash sensation stands a chance to represent SA schools squash in a soon be announced international tour.
Her father sadly admits that they already know she will not be able to partake in that tour due to financial challenges.
Although Malinga has some sponsors that cater for her local needs, Celumusa points out that they need more help for international competition.
Malinga continues to excel in her age group as well as in the senior level where she usually competes.
Though her father is extremely proud of his daughter, he has also expressed his anxieties that the more the talented Malinga qualifies for bigger competitions, the more expensive it becomes for him as they have fund everything.
Despite many failed attempts in trying to get bigger sponsorship, Malinga indicates that he will not give in, as he wants to help his daughter who has intentions of representing South Africa in the World Junior Championships one day. – Report by Sinovuyo Ndudane