SA eager to host top tourney

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Guillo "S'Dumo" Marapyane, Softball South Africa's president, says they will go to great lengths to host this year's Zone Six softball tournament in great style.

South Africa hosts this yearly southern African showpiece for the first time since the event was launched more than 10 years ago.

It will be staged in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni, from October 30 to November 2.

The South Africans swept the boards in Lusaka, Zambia, last year and should be more dangerous at home this year.

Other countries expected to compete are Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Softball officials in Zambia and Namibian will use the competition to revive the ball game in their respective countries.

"The atmosphere in Lusaka was electrifying last year and that proved that softball is fast becoming popular in that country. There are also positive signs of improvement in Namibia," said Marapyane yesterday.

He said the standard of softball has also improved in southern Africa. South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana have been playing softball in organised structures for a long time. They have also helped develop the sport in the region.

Simunye, the men's senior squad, are preparing for the World Series in Canada in June next year. Marapyane said they had started with preparations for the ISF Junior Women's Championships at Turfhall Softball Stadium in Cape Town in 2011.