‘Why We Should Popularise Softball In Rivers’
A Rivers State based Pitches and Player of Softball and Baseball, Victoria Iwowari said although the game is not well known in the state, there are talented players that have made the state and the nation proud.
Iwowari, who dropped the hint in a chat with our correspondent in Port Harcourt, said sponsorship had been a challenge as they sponsored themselves individually to competitions.
According to her, since when the game was introduced in Rivers State, they task themselves to attend championships, and give kudos to Bar. Ibiene Brown who brought the game to the state before it was handed over to the government.
She disclosed that it was only in 2004, that the State Sports Council travelled with them to the National Sports Festival in Abuja, and since them they scout for sponsorship to attend competitions.
The Pitcher hinted that in 2013, they played a Super Four Competition in Kwara State among teams from Lagos, Minna, Delta and host Kwarra, and that during the competition; Delta State won Rivers in the finals by nine runs to eight.
Iwowari further noted that on February 9, 2018, the male team in a competition won the baseball trophy while the female team that was sponsored by the Bayelsa State Government also won, and that as defending champions, they have not been formerly received or welcomed, pointing out that it is affecting the moral of the players.
She hinted that their fate to attend a National Supper Senior League Baseball And Softball in Kwara State is still on the balance as they are still searching and sourcing for sponsorship, and appealed to the State Government, Corporate Organizations and Sports Lovers to help popularize and sponsor the game of baseball and softball in the state for Rivers State to maintain its position.
Some of the players Rivers State could boost of include Faith Fyneface, Grace Reginah, Judith Thompson, Emmanbong, Biene Cookey, Rose Godspower, Gift Okosimama among others.