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ZIMBABWE SOFTBALL CLAWING ITS WAY BACK

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MUBUSO MATANGA, the Softball women’s national team coach has revealed that the softball league will start in March soon after the swing league which is currently underway in the Harare Province.

The Harare league will see two league games being played per month to accommodate provincial team training.

“We are trying to accommodate provincial development of the sport so we are going to have two games per month with one weekend being set aside for provincial practice because we wish to develop our provincial team.

“The other weekend will be put aside for team practice since most of our teams train during weekends so we would want to accommodate them so that they can work on their drills” Matanga said.

Currently there are four teams to be featured in the Harare league Griffins (Kambuzuma), Red Hawks (Mabvuku), Pirates (Mufakose) and the Maverick Wolves (Kambuzuma)

“There has been a request from the African Softball Association (ASA) for all the signatories to present teams for the African club championships which means we need to have a league structure that involves every team in the country.

“For us to meet ASA’s request we are going to have a national tournament in which the top teams from each province compete for top honors and the winner will represent the country at the African club championships,’ said Matanga the Griffins coach.

He also confided in this paper that starting this year Softball will also be played by boys at development level.

“Softball has been a girls sport at high school level with schools like Tafara 1 High, Queen Elizabeth and Roosevelt Girls High dominating the sport but this year we want to extend our influence to the boys so that we widen our catchment area for our league and our national teams,” Matanga enthused.

By Prisiel Samu

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