Hail to new kid on the softball block

The African Softball Confederation (ASC) is a new kid on the softball continental block and we embrace its establishment.

In fact, the formation of this body is long overdue. It is good news to the development of the ball game on the continent because it will exclusively govern softball as a separate code.

This had been a worrying factor in the past because softball was governed together with baseball by the African Baseball and Softball Association (Absa).

Softball administrators were not chuffed with that setup and we were equally disturbed by that because we have people who can administer softball separately.

Why would we mix the two sports as if we don't have the capacity to form a softball governing body for Africa? Mixing the two sports compromised one against the other and many administrators believed it was softball that got the short end of the stick.

But the birth of ASC will give softball development in Africa a new meaning. It is encouraging that ASC has started with an impressive 13-member countries.

More encouraging is that the affiliates are not only from Southern Africa but across the continent. These countries include Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon and Nigeria.

Other affiliates are softball-crazy countries such as South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho and their experience in terms of players and development background will add an impetus to the ASC's mission. Our neighbours such as Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, who are also affiliates, should also benefit.

We don't only give the current softball administrators our wholesome praise for fighting for the formation of the ASC, but praise also goes to retired administrator Matthews Kutumela, who has been very influential in this regard.

People such as Marumo Morule of Botswana and our own Guillo "S'dumo" Marapyane should be encouraged to work in tandem with their counterparts in other member countries to ensure the success of ASC.

We should also give the new body our undivided support as they also intend to invade countries such as Swaziland to see the ball game being developed in that country.