Ugandan Baseball and Softball have been given a boost this week as the sport's association (UBASA) is set to received $100,000 from the Japanese Embassy to construct a modern stadium.

It has been revealed by the UBASA that land in Gayaza has been secured for the facility, the first to of its kind in Uganda, to be built.

UBASA treasurer Denis Kasozi said: “Gayaza Catholic Parish has given us three acres of land. The land is located in Nangabo Sub-county. The facility will benefit over 20,000 players.”

Kasozi went on to state the association cannot start construction as they are waiting for clearance from Tokyo.

Uganda was introduced to baseball by Richard Stanley, a volunteer, in 2000 and the country have wasted any time embracing the sport. In August 2011, Uganda under 12's became the first African team to qualify for the Little League World Series, unfortunately the team were unable to compete in the tournament due to several players failing to secure visas.

The country did eventually achieve representation in the Little League World Series when a team from Lugazi, Central Uganda, qualified. They also ensured their place in the history books when they won a consolation game 3-2 against USA team Gresham. It’s that success that prompted the Japanese to offer support to Uganda.

Posted on 22/09/2012