The Botswana Tertiary Students Sports Association (BOTESSA) has assembled a team of 34 athletes to represent the country at the Zimbabwe Softball Association (ZSA) tournament that is scheduled for the 23rd of March in Harare.
The team comprises of 17 ladies and 17 men who will all undertake the trip to Zimbabwe to fly the nation’s fly high. The men’s team will be under the tutelage of Moffatt Kgotlaetsile and Oeme Morupisi whereas Kebajetseng Masole and Kholisane Moswetla are in charge of the ladies’ team.
According to BOTESSA spokesperson, Duncan Segabo, the team is made up of individuals aged between 19 and 25 from various tertiary institutions across the country. The teams will undergo a three day (19th -22 March) intensive training camp to gauge their fitness and performance.
Segabo told this publication that the trip is courtesy of ZSA invitation and they could not turn down the offer as it was time to give their players the much needed exposure.
“The Zimbabwe Softball Association organized the games and invited tertiary schools in Botswana and softball teams from their national federations to take part. So we decided to participate in these international friendly games because softball has been disadvantaged for a long time without many activities in our structures more especially at international level. So we are taking this advantage to send our teams there so that they get exposure to international competition and mainly for them to be motivated,” Segabo said.
“The squad is complete and very new because we didn’t want to affect much of the Bofinet Softball League which is currently ongoing. So we opted for most of the players who are not committed to teams in the league,” he added.
When quizzed on the short training camp and Francistown as the place of the camp, Segabo said: “In terms of the venue it is the issue of funds, Francistown is closer to Zimbabwe so after the short camp the team will leave and reach Harare on the same day plus accommodation will be much cheaper at the Francistown Collage of Technical and Vocational Education (FCTVE) while the players are still in camp.
“We also took into consideration the fact that our players are students so we can’t conduct a long training camp because the academic programmes at different institutions are running so we are avoiding taking much of the students’ academic time,” Segabo concluded.
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