When l saw the Uganda team on tv the other day,l was reminded of the Zimbabwe grassroots soccer team Bantu Rovers from Bulawayo,Zimbabwe that participated at the 2012 Dallas Soccer Tournament earlier this year
A group of pre-teen Ugandan baseball players participated at the Little League Series Tournament in Williamsport, Pennsylvania last week. The Ugandans, the second African team to qualify for the World Series and the first to actually make it to Williamsport,became the first African team to win a LLWS game Tuesday,and according to the media,their home games in Lugazi,Uganda where they are from are played on a dusty field and their games in the USA were their 1st in front of a crowd.
The Ugandan team may not have won the Little League World Series, but just by making it to Williamsport, they made history and progress for their country and their sport. And as one of the players told Al Jazeera English, their dreams don’t stop in Williamsport. “My dream will be to play baseball,” he said. “Major League Baseball, in America.”
l believe one day we will read or hear that one or more of these Ugandanian boys have made it to the MLB or professional baseball else where in the world coz as long as they have the heart to make it,it wont matter what dusty field they play on or whether they are bare foot or not,it’s the WILL to achieve that overcomes everything else.Best wishes to all of these aspiring young players!
If you would like to learn more about the Ugandanian baseball team you can visit:www.ugandalittleleaguebaseball.org
Peep some pics from around the field below:
Uganda manager Henry Odong takes a group photo of both teams after Uganda, representing the Middle East and Africa, lost to Panama
Uganda assistant coach Richard Stanley reminds Ronald Olaa that there are two outs as Uganda
Uganda assistant coach Richard Stanley talks with the team
Ugandan players sign autographs
Uganda manager Henry Odong greets Jim Nelson, left, from Chicago, and Al Johnson, from Calgary
lmage Credit:J Munson