THE elections of the new leadership of Limpopo Softball Association (LSA) will go right down to the wire when the processes unfold in Polokwane on May 29 during a long-overdue Annual General Meeting (AGM).
Dozens of softball devotees have been calling for regime change, saying the provincial game couldn’t operate on a skeleton of only the chairperson and secretary – positions that are occupied by Derrick Mahapa and Mokgadi Moswatsi respectively.
Although the duo has been vilified for the dwindling fortunes of softball in the province, they are standing for re-election to retain their current positions.
Mahapa will go head-to-head against incumbent chairperson of Waterberg Softball Federation Phuti Kgomo.
Moswatsi will contest for the key administrative position with Seshego Raiders strongman Lekau Mamabolo.
Mahapa has promised to grow the game in all the five districts of Limpopo, including Vhembe and Mopani as well as empowering women.
“I will ensure that we establish a provincial league in line with Sports and Recreation South Africa, Softball South Africa and other relevant stakeholders. We will also need to improve on governance and compliance and teams must comply. We still have clubs without bank account, constitutions, etc.” said Mahapa.
His challenger Kgomo, however, seems to enjoy overwhelming support from the majority of clubs which see him as the messiah to rescue softball from the melancholy it appears to be at the moment.
Insiders say Kgomo has done a lot of spadework in garnering more support in his home district of Waterberg, the powerful Capricorn and Mopani.
Mighty Makola, a veteran of the defunct Great North Softball Association leadership, intends to stage a dramatic comeback when he races against lesser-known Mmakwena Laka for the deputy chairperson’s position.
The treasurer position will be contested by Itumeleng Kekana and Tumisho Ntsoane of Mamaolo Rebels.
Thabang Letsoalo is poised to take the development reigns when he competes with Ignatius Nkune.
Letsoalo, a former national player under the auspices of the South Africa Students Sport Union and the senior national team Simunye, commands a lot of respect in softball circles.
He is seen as having done a sterling job in promoting softball ‘sister ballgame, baseball.
Letsoalo has already made his intentions clear in reviving softball, with his main focus being grassroots, reviving defunct clubs, schools and introducing the game in areas like Vhembe and Mopani.
Two of the province’s prominent umpires, Abram Matemane and Sipho Mthobuka are competing for the position of technical director.
The pair have officiated fierce league matches and national tournaments in the past years.
Botlokwa Angles boss Stoki Meela is uncontested in the position of Tournaments Manager.
Vatiswa Mhlubulwana is the only candidate vying for the position of additional member.
She earlier revealed her intentions to make women’s voice to be heard in the male-dominated game.
Mhlubulwana is eying the position of head of the women’s desk, which is expected to be created after the elections.
She is expected to be endorsed for the post by delegates to the AMG.