Daily Trust (Abuja)

18 February 2013

Nigeria: National Baseball Team, 11 Others for World Cup

World baseball governing body, International Baseball Federation (IBAF), has formally invited Nigeria for the forthcoming world U-12 Baseball Championship scheduled to take place in Taipei, China from July 20 to 28, 2013.

Ikenna Agu, Nigeria Baseball and softball Federation (NBSF) Head of media, who disclosed this in a telephone interview with Daily Trust, said that in extending the invitation to Nigeria, IBAF acknowledged the developmental programme embarked upon by the country in the recent years.

Nigeria will join 11 other countries from other parts of the world to compete for honours in the competition.

Meanwhile, Agu informed that the process of getting the best players that will represent Nigeria in the world tournament has started with a camping in Ibadan starting 19 February 2013 and to run for 8 days.

He said players have seen selected from teams across the country with Oyo state government playing a pivotal role in the national camping event.

Similarly, he said an American coach recently appointed as the technical adviser of the national team will resume very soon to start working on the team ahead of the global event.

Commenting on the journey so far, the secretary of NBSF Mr. Kehinde Laniyan praised the efforts of the international body in making sure that the game of baseball grows in Nigeria adding that the nation's invitation among the 12 participating countries was a clear indication that the national body is leaving no stone unturned in making sure that it takes the game to the nooks and crannies of this country.

"We felt fulfilled when we got the invitation. It shows that somebody somewhere is closely following what we are doing here" he said.

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