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Ugandan Coach Scouts for Major League Baseball Talent in Africa

George Wilson Mukhobe has worked as a baseball coach in Uganda for the last decade, and for the last three years as a Major League Baseball scout in Africa.He says there is impressive talent in Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.But Mukhobe says few sports shops sell baseball equipment and there is a lack of facilities and support.“Baseball faces a big challenge.  Because, since people have little knowledge about baseball and is damn expensive game, they say, maybe next time," he told VOA. "They run for quick sports like soccer, athletics and volleyball, you know, basketball.  But with baseball, it’s really tough, even the coaches themselves need to have enough knowledge, to convince the kid that yes, you know the game, so that he can teach them.”Need donations Uganda’s baseball players are heavily dependent on donations from the U.S. and Japan, where Americans introduced the sport.   Uganda’s National Council of Sports says baseball is not among their priorities.“One of the things that lack currently, that you could think that they could do much better, baseball and as government, is to give the team the chance to compete," said  Ismael Kigongo Dhakaba, the council’s spokesperson. "Today, they only compete largely against Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.  So, maybe if they were many more countries competing, they would raise a kind of awareness.”Despite the limitations, baseball has come a long way in Uganda.Historic run In 2012, Uganda became the first African country to play in the Little League Baseball World Series in Pennsylvania.  America’s favorite pastime is attracting Ugandan converts such as 21-year-old Arago David, who plays for Uganda’s national team and is an assistant coach.“First day I came, they told, we have the gloves, this a bat, baseball.  I said, I’ll try it and see.  When I trained for a... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Ugandan Coach Scouts for Major League Baseball Talent in Africa, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Ugandan Coach Scouts for Major League Baseball Talent in Africa

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Monday, 19 August

 

 

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