Kenyan team upbeat for the tournament

Kenya’s rising star Bryan Mutua and experienced Sejal Thakkar were all smiles at the event, clearly relishing the forthcoming opportunity.

Notably 19 year old Bryan Mutua is a product of Kenya Table Tennis Association’s “Tucheze Tebo” (Swahili for let’s play table tennis); he is one of the fastest rising Kenyan youngsters and a prodigy from the evergreen Mwala High School production line in the east of Kenya.

Meanwhile, 42 year old Sejal Thakkar is the never-say-never women’s table tennis star. She will be playing in her fourth Commonwealth Games this year after having competed in Nairobi.

“It’s the passion of the game that drives me and brings me back to the table time and time again. Playing in the Top 16 is a special moment. Most of the players are ranked globally, so playing against them will improve my ranking and prepare me well for the Commonwealth Games. The essence is to give it our very best.” Sejal Thakkar