Good year for softball

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Last year was arguably a good year for softball in the country in many factors.

The highlight of the year should certainly be the success of South Africa winning the bid to host the International Softball Federation (ISF)'s Women's Junior Championships in 2011.

The decision was taken at the federation's congress in Manila, Philippines, in October.

The tournament will be hosted in Cape Town and the good news is that the government of Western Cape and other stakeholders have pledged to assist the Western Province Softball Federation (WPSF) to be able to stage a successful world junior chanpionships.

Noore Nacerodien, the WPSF's president, said they were doing everything in their power with all the stakeholders to ensure that they stage a tournament that will be remembered by many people for many years.

Nacerodien, who also doubles up as the deputy president of Softball South Africa (SSA), added that the success to win the bid to host the championships proved that Western Cape were doing enough to develop and promote the sport.

Another highlight was the appointment last February of Tommy Kgomo as coach of Simunye, the senior men's national squad.

Kgomo's appointment was historic in the sense that he became the first black coach in the history of Simunye to be appointed to this position..

Kgomo has done wonders for Limpopo clubs Mahwelereng Spikes and Seleteng Giant Killers as their coach and he has the challenge to prove his savvy at the ISF's World Championships in Canada next year.