The Botswana Softball Association Ladies National Team is today leaving for Caracas, Venezuela, to compete at 12th Edition of the International Softball Federation (ISF) women’s Fastpitch Championship.
The ten-day 16 Nations’ tournament, which kicks off on 21 June, is expected to end on July 2.
Speaking to SundaySport, BSA’s Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Kabelo Kwape, said the team, which consists of 17 players, will be under the tutelage of Titeo Mangope, with Nnana Seikano as the assistant coach. Kwape says their main aim in going into the games will be to improve the country’s rankings and everything else will be taken into consideration once this has been achieved.
The BSA spokesperson believes the team has had good preparations ahead of the games. He further says two other friendly games have been organized for the team on Tuesday in Venezuela.
It is expected that team Botswana will face Great Britain in the Tuesday warm ups.
Botswana’s opening championships game will be against China on Thursday. Kwape says as part of the team’s preparations, they played against a BSA select team as well as friendly games against Senior Secondary softball teams.
The team could not, however, get an international friendly against South Africa as they (South Africa) could not make it due to financial constraints. He further added that the team will give all effort in each and every game as they cannot afford to underestimate any team.
The 17 member playing team comprises of four pitchers, namely, Elsie Kenosi, Oteng Keogotsitse, Dorcas Tafhi and Masego Morake.
The catchers are Dikeletso Ramokhutshwane and Virginia Sedie while the in-filed players are Tshepo Letsholo, Thatayotlhe Kooganne, Marea Modutlwa, Winani Sekani, Malebogo Ramaphane, Gaone Mosinki and Charity Isaac.
Out filed players, Onalenna Ntibi, Melitah Seabelo, Bonolo Molefhe and Masego Kwape complete the team list.
The team will have, among others, Naledi Dikgomo-Goulden as its Head of Delegation, Gloria Gaosikelwe (team Manager) and Kenneth Kopano as its Technical Officer.