By Raphael Oni
Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association (NBSA) and Japan-Africa Baseball and Softball Foundation (J-ABS) have agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop baseball and softball in Nigeria, through the Nigeria Baseball Development Project for the next five years.
The signing ceremony of the MoU, which is slated to have in attendance the Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Nigeria Ambassador to Japan and members of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, alongside officials of the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, will hold at the Baseball Park of MKO Abiola Stadium Complex in Abuja on Friday May 20, 2022.
In a statement made avaialable to journalist in Abuja on Sunday by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association, Robert Onwukwe, said the aim of the project is to make Nigeria the power and pillar of baseball in Africa considering the exploits in sports, talents and resources available in the country.
According to him; the two countries are ready to jointly identify, examine, and strive to strengthen and facilitate realization of the goals, and mitigate through existing and perceived challenges in relation to baseball in Nigeria.
The signing ceremony will be followed by a two-day technical seminar for coaches and game masters, who will start up the developmental process for the baseballers, would be held by the initiator of the project, Japan-Africa Baseball and Softball Foundation working in partnership with the Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association. Onwukwe said both parties are ready to make their best efforts to achieve joint success in these activities.