Kenya Ranked 36th in the 2017 WBSC Women’s Softball World Rankings

Posted 22 December 2017 11:59

The Kenya Softball Women's Team during the East Africa Baseball and Softball Championships.

The Kenya Women’s Softball team has been ranked No. 36 out of 62 Nations in the Official end-of-the-year ranking by the World Baseball and Softball Confederation, an event which was held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

To bring it into perspective, only four African Nations were placed in the latest rankings, that is; Uganda (29), Botswana (33), South Africa (35) and Kenya (36). The current ranking therefore gives a clear reflection of the global growth in Softball, a key factor that saw the sport making a re-entry into the Olympic Games.

The top position is now held by USA which is the reigning World Champion in the Women’s and Junior Women’s (U-19) Categories. Japan, Canada and Australia are the following teams respectively. The ranking criteria factors in a country’s performance in WBSC sanctioned International Competitions; World Championships, Qualifiers, Continental Championships, and friendlies.

Kenya will be looking to record a good performance in the upcoming 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship qualifiers that will be held in Pretoria, South Africa as they look to secure a spot in the Championship to be held in Chiba, Japan. According to Mr. Francis Njeru, the President of the Softball Federation of Kenya, the team is in high spirits as they prepare for the inaugural Africa Qualifiers and it is their hope that they will be able to clinch one of the two slots in order to represent Africa in the 2018 World Championships in Japan.

The Softball Federation of Kenya hopes that the Government of Kenya will accord the much needed support to the National team to ensure that they get the necessary funding to host a successful preparation camp for the players ahead of the qualifiers and provide other logistical support as the team is upbeat and determined to make the Country proud and raise the Kenyan flag higher.

Here is the full list of ranked teams courtesy of WBSC:

By Isaac Oduory.