GABORONE Botswana (Xinhua) --
The Botswana women softball team left the country
on Wednesday to neighbouring South Africa to compete in the
World Championship qualifiers.
tournament is scheduled to start in Pretoria on Thursday and end
Chatting to the
media before the team’s departure on Wednesday, team manager
Bobby Khupe said they have assembled a very good team and was
confident of a good result at the qualifiers.
He said their target
is to win all their matches and qualify for the World
Championships. Africa is only reserved two slots at the world
championships, which will be battled out between Botswana,
Lesotho, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Khupe said he has
selected a balanced team made of seasoned competitors and some
young, promising talent.
He said he expects
the senior players in the team to guide the young ones to glory
at the qualifiers.
He said despite
Botswana having a good record in the region, they were not
expecting an easy tournament and did not leave anything to
chance during preparations.
He said it’s every
team’s dream to compete at the biggest world stage hence they
expect tough competition in South Africa.
The Word Baseball
Softball Women World Championships will take place from August
The Botswana women’s
team will draw inspiration from their male counterparts, who
last year put a stellar performance at the men’s championships
in Canada to finish eight.