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Softball being revived in City

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A prelaunch statement issued by the Association said that the provincial organ will seek to affiliate with the Northern Cape Sports Confederation

Picture: Bongani Shilubane

This past weekend Softball South Africa (SSA) set the ball rolling in the Northern Cape by unveiling an interim executive steering committee that will be tasked with overseeing SSA’s affairs at both club and school level.

David Selebogo, a long time fanatic and himself a long-time softball player, was announced as the chairman of the steering committee that will oversee the activities of SSA in the Province.

The formation of the provincial body was supervised by John Legodi who is Softball SA’s head of Legal Compliance as well as exco member Derrick Mahapa. Also in attendance were Northern Cape Sports Council officials Farrel Moses and Omphemetse Mabula.

A prelaunch statement issued by the Association said that the provincial organ will seek to affiliate with the Northern Cape Sports Confederation. Apart from that it will also establish junior male and female structures as well as a masters division in which it will seek to harness the resources of former players in the province.

The new association will be guided by a four-year development plan stretching from 2019-2023 aimed at boosting softball in the province – especially with regards to developing coaches, umpires, scorekeepers among others.

Selebogo said the new association will mark a welcome addition to the Province’s sports fraternity where Softball and its companion, Baseball, have been dormant since their heydays in the late 1980s.

He announced that the committee has tentatively decided that it will hold its first meeting on May 6 in Kimberley.

In the meantime, the committee will liaise with various stakeholders such the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and past club managers.