13 June 2020

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We Missed World Cup

In the picture below is the team selected to represent Nigeria in Under 12 Years IBAF World Cup held in Chinese Taipei, July 2013. IBAF means International Baseball Federation. One year after in Tunisia, the organisation metamorphoused into World Baseball Softball Confederation, WBSC, which was a convenient vehicle to get baseball and softball readmitted into the Olympic Games. That objective was achieved.

The Nigerian team was unable to make it to Taipei because of lack of funds, though all was set for the team to leave Nigeria. A national camp for the team was held in Ibadan assisted by Coach Gerard Hall from Washington DC, USA and funded by CEO of Peace Hospice of Chicago, Mrs Ronke Champion Adeyemi. Oyo State government also part funded the tournament/camp and was ready to support players from Oyo State in the national team to get to the world cup. Oyo had 4 players in the team, Kwara 6 players and Lagos 4 players. Players to the camp were selected from Little League teams based in Ibadan, Lagos and Ilorin following a little league tournament held in Ibadan. Coach Gerard Hall and the two Nigerian Coaches (Influence Gwede and Olusola Ogunseye) who were in the camp ensured that the training and screening for final selection of 16 players for the country was thorough. All observers agreed that attending the world event would have been good exposure for the children because that was the only team coming from Africa. Nigeria was participating in such youth division for the first time. It was so disappointing for the technical crew and the Nigerian Baseball and Softball Association that fed the team into the world cup. The Federal Ministry of Sports was not prepared to pick up the team though the glory will come to the Nigerian nation.

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