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ZAMBIA BASEBALL SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION

The Copperbelt University, Jambo Drive, Riverside, Kitwe, Zambia

zambiabaseballsoftball@gmail.com (Office)

bs.zam@wbsc.org (WBSC Official e-mail of the NF)

+260 955811515 (Office)


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Founded 1979

History

The country became the independent Republic of Zambia on 24 October 1964, with Kaunda as President.
Zambia became the first country ever to change its name and flag between the opening and closing ceremonies of an Olympic Games. The country entered the 1964 Summer Olympics as Northern Rhodesia, and left in the closing ceremony as Zambia on 24 October, the day independence was formally declared. 
 
Expatriates working in copper mines introduced the game of softball.
Kaunda invested heavily in children's education.
In 1966 he founded the University of Zambia in Lusaka.
In January of 1970 began a gradual process of nationalization and corporate concatenation of the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM).
In 1971 a team made of foreign workers represented Zambia in softball games in Japan. 
In 1979, Zambia Softball Baseball association officially born with Flo Morgan as first President.
In the early 1980s the nine towns in the Copperbelt Province were invited to participate in a softball league and ZCCM Sports festivals organized by ZCCM.
The 1980s saw a rise in big teams such as Mufulira Clobbers, Nkana Braves and Jesters, Bombers, Nchanga Goodies, Roan Pirates, Ndola Wanderers, Chibuluma and Power softball teams 
Zambia participated in tournaments with other countries in southern Africa.
In the middle 1980s Cuban Doctors working in the country's hospitals introduced the game of baseball with Raymond Pitcher taking over as President
Al Brown, Mike Mahoney also helped baseball with coaching clinic and equipment donations under IBAF.
Softball was more popular in the 1990s. Baseball had more difficulties due to the lack of proper venues and equipment. 1990s saw presidency change from Raymond Pitcher to Joseph Ingwe and back to Ray Pitcher.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) introduced baseball to high schools of the Eastern Province. The Eastern Province is some 900kms far from the Copperbelt.
The turnover between JICA volunteers didn't help baseball gain stability. In the following years the softball league run by ZCCM was dismantled. Within the middle 1990s baseball and softball disappeared from the sports landscape. Mid 90s president Ray Pitcher emigrated to the UK and Jeoffrey Yungana became president 
In 2000 Geoffrey Yungana (ZSBA President) moved his business to Lusaka and introduced baseball in Lusaka. Chabi Chondoka (ZSBA General Secretary) did the same while attending University in Kabwe.
In 1999 Zambia competed in a baseball tournament in Zimbabwe.
In 2003 ZSBA had some support from the National Olympic Committee hosted coaching clinics and received equipment from ISF.
In 2007 Zambia earned the hosting rights of the 2011 edition of the All Africa Games, a multi-sport event inaugurated in 1965.
Geoffrey Yungana now on the Board of the National Olympic committee of Zambia and Chabi Chondoka,  on the board of the National Sports Council, negotiates in 2008 with Major League Baseball (MLB) John Ostermeyer and Clive Russel the construction of a baseball and softball complex.
Zambia cannot host the All Africa Games due to funding problem. The Games hosting rights go to Tanzania. Baseball and softball in an organized form disappear again.
 
In 2011-2012 some baseball initiative still exists, but development is difficult due to the lack of equipment, the long distances between the different Provinces and the lack of dedicated venues.
2013 Sammy Japan holds Softball clinics in eastern province to introduce Softball in schools with Mayumi Kobayashi and Takeshima Masataka.
In 2014 Geoffrey Yungana quits the chair of President of the Zambia Softball Baseball Association (ZSBA) and quits his sit on National Olympic Committee of Zambia board to dedicate himself to his own business. Chabi Chondoka becomes the new President.
In 2016 Ken Matishi, now a board member at large, is told that two Americans, Mr and Mrs Mc Curdy  are teaching baseball in Lusaka. He joins them and helps to interpret with the kids in the local language and becomes the New ZSBA General secretary.
On 25 and 26 February 2019 the ZSBA hosts a Baseball5 Coaching Seminar in Lusaka with 30 participants.
On 27 July 2019 ZSBA hosts a seminar of the first phase of WBSC African Development Project.
On 20 September 2019 ZSBA celebrates the world Universities Sports Day with a Baseball5 challenge between The University of Zambia and The Copperbelt University 
On 14 March 2020 ZSBA organized the first Youth Tournament with 7 clubs and 100 players.
Craig Adkins, an employee of the US Embassy edited a video on the Baseball5 Youth Tournament. It will be used to introduce the discipline to the Government Schools as soon as the measures to prevent an outbreak of the COVID-19 disease are eased.
The Japanese Embassy is also supporting the project.
The Family Legacy from Texas, USA will also introduce Baseball5 withing its activities.
 With the spread of the corona virus pandemic in 2021, the government of Zambia suspends most sporting activities especially team sports and the ZSBA is once again hit with an even bigger challenge.

GOVERNANCE

CHABI CHONDOKA

PRESIDENT

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KENNY MATISHI

SECRETARY GENERAL

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ANDREW LUKE ZULU

VICE PRESIDENT

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CHOLA SICHALWE

TREASURER

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MUSONDA LWINYA

MEMBER AT LARGE

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Mc'holder Mazumboone

MEMBER AT LARGE

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LISTON MALAKATA

MEMBER AT LARGE

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MWAPE NSHIMBI

DIRECTOR

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