Posted 04 January 2018 14:36

By JohnMark Odoyo.

World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has donated 20 kits to Softball Federation of Kenya (SFK). The equipment arrived in the country in October last year.

The WBSC’s playing kits donation comprised of kit bags each carrying 12 balls, four bats, four batting helmets, 12 gloves, drop bases and catcher’s kit.

The SFK applied for the equipment donation early in 2017 to meet the demand of the fast-growing game that has seen major universities in Kenya taking interest in playing softball with the most recent being Technical University of Mombasa that made its debut this season.

“Our biggest challenges have always been lack equipment and few or no competitions in our region. We wish to thank WBSC for this donation.  The problem of competition is now easing with the introduction of East African Cup,” said Francis Karugu, SFK President.

Kenyan teams have only been partaking in the National Softball League Series.

Karugu reiterated that the equipment is more professional than the starter kits which we used to get before and they will go a long way to help all clubs and national teams in their development.

The women national team played using the professional kits last month in Mwanza Tanzania during the East Africa Championship.

“We hope to expose the teams to more competitions to gain the much-needed experience. We expect the Men’s team to have a friendly or two with Uganda as we prepare for coming Men’s world cup,” added Karugu.

Kenya’s softball men team which have not yet participated in any regional tournaments in the recent past is full of high hopes to raise the country’s flag come 2019 when Czech capital Prague will play host to the Men’s Softball World Championship.