Zimbabwe Baseball Association kick starts plan to qualify to the Olympic

By ZBC Reporter
THE Zimbabwe Baseball Association has started a four year intensive training programme for young players as the country targets Olympic qualification.
The training programme will see focus being shifted to the under 18 side with a trip to Cape Town, South Africa for a Provincials tournament between the 21st and the 26th of March being the first step.
As part of preparations for the Cape Town tournament, the team has been in camp twice with the squad set to regroup again before the March tournament.
The thirty players in contention for a place in the final team were all selected at the Zimbabwe inter-provincial championships.
Zimbabwe Baseball Association President, Morris Banda says while Zimbabwe has over the years been travelling to the same tournament with the senior team, the focus is now on the juniors after participating at the African qualifiers.
‘One thing we realised is that after the Africa qualifiers that were held last year in South Africa in May when we brought home a bronze medal, is that our players were lacking basic fundamental skills. So taking the U18s is going to help us by making sure that we bring up a team that is well trained and that can compete well with other countries who have more game time than we do,” says Morris Banda..
The sport which was facing serious funding and equipment challenges has found a new lease of life.
Only six provinces were active by the end of 2018 with two more added at the close of 2019.