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Baseball ex-international plans to popularise the game in Nigeria

23 September 2013, 08:24

Ilorin - An ex-international baseball player, Adeyinka Adewusi, says he plans to rebuild the sport in the country.

Adewusi, now based in Ilorin, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was working out some measures to make the game popular among Nigerian youths.

He said he was currently working with the U.S. major baseball league to support the re-building of the sport in the country  through the provision of equipment and technical support to revive the sport.

The former foreign-based player noted that with improved publicity and adequate funding, he would raise the profile and rating of the game among youths.

"Everywhere in Africa, we only see people sponsoring football to the detriment of the other sports. This is not good,’’ Adewusi said.

He said he would take the sport to schools and also get parents involved by making them to understand the game and its benefit to their children and wards.

Adewusi urged other states to emulate Kwara by building baseball parks, like the one the state government built in 1991.

He noted that for now baseball equipment could not be sourced locally and enjoined authorities to strive to purchase some from the U.S.

The former player appealed to well-placed Nigerians to sponsor coaching clinics for schools and their Games Masters with a view to updating their knowledge about the sport.

He said he was looking forward to the inclusion of baseball in future National Sports Festivals.

Adewusi last played in the country in 1996, before he was sidelined by injuries. He had a 10-year playing stint in South Africa and four in Sweden.



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