This week saw another shocking elimination take place on Tropika Island Of Tresure. #TeamGreen, which consists of Karabo Mogane and Lihle Ngubo, were the fourth team to leave the Maldives after a series of challenges saw them at the bottom of the leaderboard.

The team has remained consistent throughout the series so far but, unfortunately, their time on the island is up. Their exit started off with an exciting quest-like challenge called ‘Hole In My Bucket’. As the name suggests, teams needed to fill a bucket with water by using a bowl with water from ocean. However, both the bucket and the bowl had holes in them which meant that the teams needed to use their speed skills to fill up the bucket in the fastest time to win the challenge. After a grueling challenge which saw #TeamGreen unable to fill up their bucket, the team forfeited the challenge which put them in last place.

The second challenge, named ‘Swim n’ Pull’, required teams to pick one member to swim into the ocean to retrieve one of four bags from buoys with the other pulling them back to shore. Once the four bags were retrieved, the bags, which each held a bottle of Tropika, needed to be opened and once all four Tropikas were on the table, the challenge ended. Karbao and Lihle placed third which scored them two points. However, it wasn’t enough to keep them out of the elimination challenge.

In a Slenda Twist, Katlego announced a third elimination challenge. The challenge, titled ‘The Waiting Game’, required teams to place various Tropika products on a tray in intervals until the tray was full. The challenge tested the teams balancing skills and arm strength and required a strong strategy to ensure the items don’t fall. Karabo and Lihle felt the pressure of the tray and were the first to be eliminated from the challenge.

Competing with #TeamWhite’s Khanya Mkangisa and Mpande Buthelizi, who won their very first challenge of the competition with ‘The Waiting Game’, the teams go head-to-head in a game of Bashi Slenda. The game is an adapted version of the Maldivian sport Bashi Ball. The hitter needs to throw balls over a net on a tennis-like court and the catcher needs to use a net to catch the balls. Team White showed yet again that they are the masters of elimination challenges and came out tops catching a single ball while Team Green was unsuccessful throughout the challenge. The loss makes Karabo and Lihle the fourth team to be sent home this season.

I had a chat with Karabo shortly after he was eliminated:

What surprised you most about yourself being on TIOT and the island?

I learnt that I’m a team player. My communication skills improved and I developed the spirit of not giving up and I believe that having the best teammate ever made it easier for me to grow and get better.

What was the best thing about being teamed up with your partner?

Being teamed up with Lihle was incredible. I learnt so much from her as my partner. We had good chemistry and our communication was everything and I think that was our greatest tool throughout the competition. I think the friendship we built on Tropika Island Of Treasure is going to continue even after the show.

Who did you think your biggest competitor was?

I definitely think our biggest competitor was ourselves because the challenges were designed in such a way that everyone had an equal chance to do well.

Why should people continue to watch TIOT8 for the remainder of the season?

This season of Tropika Island Of Treasure and the race to the finish is going to be an exciting one to watch – especially as we near closer to that R1 million.

What advice do you wish someone told you before the show?

I wish someone told me that I should’ve invested more time in the gym. And I should have maybe created more time to watching previous seasons for tips etc. But, then again, you could never be too prepared – especially with all the Slenda Twists Katlego had up his sleeve.

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