National Softball Build-Up Tour to Botswana is Cancelled (allAfrica.com)

Softball Federation of Kenya have called off the women’s national team’s trip to Botswana for build up friendly matches earlier scheduled for later this month, owing to financial constraints. The girls are instead preparing for the 2016 World Softball Championships slated for June in Surrey, Canada. The federation’s secretary general Francis Karugu yesterday explained that his organisation was forced to forfeit the invitation because they could not raise enough cash to fully sponsor the team to Botswana.

“We are not able to send the team to Botswana due to the scarcity of finances to cater for all the logistical expenses for the squad during the outing,” said Karugu, who also doubles up as the team’s head coach.

Consequently, the girls’ national outfit has taken a break from their non-residential training. Karugu intimated that the line-up will resume training in the third week of September in preparation for a return match against neighbours Uganda in Nairobi.

In May, the national team played three matches against their Ugandan counterparts at their backyard Kampala, and the Kenyan girls were beaten in all the games. The head coach is, however optimistic, that the girls have achieved a significant improvement since their Uganda trip in May.

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