Major shake up in softball squad

Captain duties: Mmapitsa will lead the team
Captain duties: Mmapitsa will lead the team

The Botswana Softball Association (BSA) has made major changes to the senior women's national team. The final trials were held last week in Gaborone where the final 16 selection was made.

The final list reveals several changes from the team that qualified for the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Women’s World Cup group stage. The team will go into the final camp next week in Jwaneng before flying out to Dublin, Ireland, on July 8. Some of the players retained in the team represented Botswana in the Europe Africa Olympic qualifier 2019 in Utretch, the Netherlands, where Botswana finished seventh. But the new squad has seen several players miss out. Players who have been roped include Bafedile Dube, Bonolo Molefhe, and Charity Isaac while some seasoned campaigners in the likes of Onneetse Ribbin, Gotlamang Sixpence, Motshabe Otsile, Lereng Mokgotlhe, Lesego Rankwaila and Passman Tuna miss out.

According to information reaching Mmegi Sport, the new technical team was instructed to introduce young players into the fold, something which could have been implemented for the WBSC Africa qualifiers that were played in Botswana in February. “It is alleged that the Botswana National Sport Commission (BNSC) wanted players below 30 years in the team. There are also issues of indiscipline that occurred during the qualifiers' closing ceremony, hence you see the majority of the senior players are out,” a source said. The BSA public relations officer, Kelly Monyake said they would meet soon to finalise some logistics of the national team. Meanwhile, the BSA remains mum on the future of suspended coaches. Monyake said the investigations are ongoing and once finalised, the findings will be communicated. Softball recently suspended some coaches over allegations of indiscipline.

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