Mukokomani era concludes at BSA

Taolo Tlouetsile
Friday, 25 August 2017
Mukokomani Mukokomani

Long time Botswana Softball Association (BSA) president Tirelo Mukokomani   is allegedly   on his way out of the association he   has   led   for years. The BSA  elective assembly is expected   sometime next year where a new   leader   is expected to emerge. 

Mukokomani confirmed   his   place to depart from the BSA   executive   committee in a meeting this week.  “I have served my time, somebody can take it to the next level.” After   leading   the BSA for six years he said he  regretted leaving the association before introduction of baseball structures in   the   country. However, Scania as Mukokomani is known in softball circles vowed to increase the number of women officials and coaches before the end of his term. Nonetheless, the sports administrator did not want to share his future endeavour   beyond the BSA. 

The BSA president could not be drawn into discussing the African and Olympic qualifiers next year. Nevertheless he sounded like a worried man over   the   matter. “There is too much politics in Botswana sports. You never know peoples agenda and motives,” he said.   Mukokomani, who will leave   behind an illustrious   sports administration career, took a swipe at some sport leaders and accused them of being in sports for personal gains. However, Mukokomani said   with adequate preparations, the local ladies softball team has potential to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games. 

Meanwhile, BSA vice president Katlholo Mosimanegape is seen   by many as the   natural successor to   Mukokomani. In a   brief   interview this week, Mosimanegape said it was too early to discuss the issue   of succeeding Mukokomani. “I will talk to you when I am ready”.  Another likely successor to Mukokomani is Masego Kwapa who challenged the incumbent at the last elective assembly. However Kwapa was said to be busy building her team when   reached for comment. The team was formed as a breakaway group from Dinare. Those close to the sport argue that Kwapa should direct more energy to the club, which needs a lot of energy and direction. 

Meanwhile,   this   year   is key to the BSA   as they are   expected to   host   the eagerly anticipated World Baseball Softball Congress in Gaborone. Presidents for the two world federations, Baseball Division Executive Director Michael Schmidt and Softball Division Executive Director, Ron Radigonda, were in the country earlier this year to inspect the proposed conferencing facilities and to assess preparations on part of the BSA.

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