Local chess instructor lands job in USA

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 01 August 2017   |   By Othusitse Tlhobogang
Alex Mpuisang Alex Mpuisang

One of Botswana’s leading chess instructors Alex Mpuisang will soon to take up a coaching assignment in the United States of America. Mpuisang, who will be in the USA to work mainly with children in primary schools, will be based in Albuquerque, New Mexico State (USA). He is scheduled to leave on August 12, 2017. Mpuisang’s departure could open doors of new opportunities for other local instructors with dreams of getting coaching jobs outside the country. The former Botswana Chess Federation (BCF) executive member said he landed the job after approaching the Americans during one of his many national duties while at BCF. “I was in Greece with the national team and I approached some Americans with my proposal and they were very impressed with it. They then invited me over to America for further clarifications on the proposal and they liked what I presented to them,” said Mpuisang. The Shoshong-born Mpuisang, who served in BCF for over 20 years, said this was made possible by the hard work that he had always put in everything he does. As a FIDE Instructor, Mpuisang is certified to coach children in any country. While in America he will work with children mainly at primary school level. This is nothing new for Mpuisang as he has been working with children of the same level locally. He has been coaching in Botswana since 2001 and has worked with schools such as Baobab Primary, Thornhill Primary, Hillcrest primary and Legae Academy. 

The excited Mpuisang said the move to America is a great opportunity not only for him but other Batswana. “This is a big opportunity as it gives others motivation to work hard so that they can also get the chance to relocate to other countries as well. This is a sign that it is possible for a local instructor to move to other countries and coach there,” he said. According to him, this move might open doors for other coaches as well since the country has been praised worldwide for the progress it has shown in chess. The determined Mpuisang advised other aspiring instructors to continue working hard. He said it may not seem a person is doing great at first but with time their work will speak for them just like it did for him. He thanked Botswana Chess Federation for the opportunity they accorded him to end up getting this job. He said if it was not for BCF he would not have gotten it. Asked if he will be lost to Botswana chess Mpuisang said Botswana will always be his home. “My heart has always been on developing children skills in chess. I will not be lost to Botswana chess as I will always work with BCF on how we can further do this here in Botswana,” said Mpuisang. He further said all he wants is to see chess grow in Botswana.