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In 1963, American Peace Corps volunteers introduced softball in Botswana

In 1963, American Peace Corps volunteers introduced softball in Botswana

In 1963, American Peace Corps volunteers introduced softball in Botswana

The softball pioneer

LEKOPANYE MOOKETSI
8/26/2004 12:59:29 AM (GMT +2)

[Excerpt]

ONE of the pioneers of softball in Botswana, Andrew Mokoto is still following the game with keen interest. While most people would talk football, softball is the sport he relishes most. Mokoto started to play softball when he was still schooling in South in the early 1960s.


He recalls that in 1963, American Peace Corps volunteers introduced softball in the then Bechuanaland schools.

After completing school, Mokoto and some students from St Joseph’s College teamed up to form a club that was to be known as Vikings. It was the first softball club in the country. Some of the club’s founding members included the late Reuben Boikanyo, Patrick Kgoadi and Marx Gilika.

Since there were no other local clubs, Vikings could only play friendly games against St Joseph’s College. The first game was a disaster. “There was a lot of confusion. After batting, a guy would run to the third base instead of going to the first base. We didn’t have gloves, so we played bare-handed,” he says about the formative days of the sport in the country.

Later, more clubs were formed. “At the time we needed three clubs to form an association,” says Mokoto.





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