Botswana Softball Association President Marumo Morule has been given a tough assignment by Shell Oil Botswana Chairperson Boitumelo Sekwababe. The former softball player challenged the BSA leader to come tops at the next BNSC sports awards by clinching the Best Administrator award.
Sekwababe who was speaking at the P300 000 sponsorship launch for the 2011-2012 league said while softball has a history of success both regionally and internationally recently the code has been registering poor results.
“At Shell we are involved with softball because it has a rich history of success, but recent poor results concerns us as sponsors,” he said. Sekwababe said he recently visited the National Diamond playing ground and was shocked to find it in the same state it was some years ago.
“We should all be concerned. This code used to be second most popular after football and the most successful; let us bring back those glory days back,” said Sekwababe.
The oil boss reminded the BSA executive that the P300 000 was not a donation but a sponsorship that comes with expectations.
“We want to see a well run code, that strives to be the best in the region and internationally. We need to stop from participating and compete,” he said. Shell Oil Botswana has been in partnership with softball since 1995 when they used to sponsor one of the biggest sporting activity; the Francistown Easter Tournament. It was during the company’s sponsorship in 2003 that the country hosted three times world Champions New Zealand.