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The South African Student Sport Union (Sassu) men's softball team have vowed that they will no longer play second fiddle to provinces at the yearly national championships in March.
The Softball South Africa sanctioned tournament is often dominated by provincial teams, as shown by Limpopo's win last year, but Sassu coach Edmond Motsatsi said his team has taken steps to mount a strong challenge.
"I don't want my players to be put under unnecessary pressure, but we have beefed up our squad with the likes of Phomolo Phaladi and Thato Mokone.
"They are young and versatile and will be a surprise to the opposition.
"The coaching staff have also stayed the same and will know what to expect from our foes," Motsatsi said.
The tournament is vital because the national senior teams are often chosen there.
Trevor Mogale, coach of Sassu women's team, said:
"We have put forward a request to play in the stronger Major A League at the championships. We did this because we wanted to attract the best players into our team, who will otherwise have opted to compete in provincial teams.
"The players get a chance to practice for the more rigorous international circuit, because they pit their skills against the best provinces like Central Gauteng and Western Province."
He said he would be relying on KwaZulu-Natal pitcher Kristy Jennings and Julia Maripa of TUT Soshanguve to win matches for him.