Africa: Zambia launches Baseball5 urban league in capital Lusaka

Africa: Zambia launches Baseball5 urban league in capital Lusaka
The six-team league opened on 10 April and will run through 31 July. Games will be played on different surfaces.

The Zambia Softball Baseball Association (ZSBA) made one key step in the development of Baseball5, inaugurating a six-team league, with games to be played on multiple surfaces in the province of the capital city, Lusaka. In the opening game, the Giants defeated Chirundu, 6-5.

The new league consists of 15 weeks of competition and will finish on 31 July. The other teams are the Africanas, Buffaloes, Kaunda Square and Restoration Ministries International.

The first round of the league, which will run through 15 May, will be played on grass fields. ZABSA plans to play on concrete surfaces starting with the second round, opening on 22 May.

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"This is the first step of our Baseball5 development plan," commented ZABSA Secretary-General Kenny Matishi. "The second would be inaugurating leagues in the other provinces. The goal is to have Zambia perform well in the Africa Championship and earn a spot in the WBSC Baseball5 World Cup 2022."

The WBSC introduced Baseball5 to Zambia in February 2019 through a seminar attended by 30 people in Lusaka.