By Kemi Akintokun
The Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association (NBSA), on Sunday, said that nine teams would participate in its upcoming National U-12 and U-15 Softball Championships in Badagry, Lagos.
The association’s Secretary, Kehinde Laniyan, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the championships would hold from April 20 to April 25, at Ibereko barracks in Badagry.
According to him, the teams are made up of six U-12 and three U-15.
Laniyan said that the championship, which would be hosted by Badagry Angels Little League Club, would feature NAOWA Hitters U-12 team, Kwara Sliders U-12 team and Sabo Wuse U-12 team.
Others are: Oluyole Plate Burners U-12 and U-15 teams, Adekalu Bulls U-12 and U-15 teams and Badagry Angels U-12 and U-15 teams.
“The event will feature nine teams and it will help to hone the skills of budding talents in the game.
“We are happy to have the competition back and this is one of our major developmental programmes for young players to grow and advance in the sport.
“Accommodation and feeding will be provided for all registered clubs and only players, who have 12 and 15 as at April 2021 will be eligible to participate, while those who do not fall into these categories will be disqualified,” he said.
Laniyan added that NBSA would have Obiakpan John as the chief umpire for the championship.
“The chief umpire for the championship has over 20 years experience in the game and has officiated high profile games in the country.
“He is known for having passion for the game and he is working selflessly for the development of the sport through impartial officiating,” he said.
Laniyan stated that adequate measures had been put in place to ensure that all COVID-19 guidelines were strictly observed during the competition.
NAN reports that NBSA is a recognised body under the World Baseball Softball Confederation, African Baseball and Softball Association, Little League International and Nigerian Olympic Committee. (NAN)