The Nigeria softball national team will make her debut in the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) June ranking after participating in the 2020 Olympic Africa qualifiers held in South Africa.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Nigeria alongside South Africa, Botswana and Uganda participated in the two-day qualifiers held from May 10 to May 11.
According to the WBSC website, the country earned her first ranking points following her participation in the qualifiers.
It said the country would become the seventh African nation to enter the World Ranking after Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Botswana, Uganda and South Africa.
Meanwhile, in spite of the country’s failure to progress to the next stage of the qualifiers, some of the players received awards for their outstanding performances.
Eriebi Jimmy-Yeri was awarded the Best Fielder, Grace Reginald emerged as the Best Utility Player, Kawuna Pius received the Quick Arms Award, while Ubeleme Frank got the Best Rookie player of the tournament.
Coach of the softball team, Jacob Dede, told NAN that the country’s participation in the qualifiers was a great eye opener for the players at the international scene.
Dede commended individuals and corporate organisations that supported the team’s participation in the qualifiers in South Africa.
“Participating with other top Africa softball countries in the 2020 Olympic Africa Qualifiers is a major boost for our players.
“Even though we did not qualify for the next round of the qualifiers, the players were able to make their mark by receiving awards and ensuring that the country got to the WBSC next ranking.
“We are grateful to everybody that made our participation a reality and we hope they will continue to support the team,’’ he said.