3 Ghanaian junior baseball players to train in Japan

Ghana BaseballThe Ghana Baseball and Softball Association (GBSA)has announced that three young Ghanaian baseball players have been handed a three-month trial to develop their baseball skills in Japan during a courtesy call on the Ghana Olympic Committee on Tuesday 26th January, 2015.

According to the President of the GBSA, Albert Frimpong, the players namely: 18-year old Michael Aklesi from the Volta region, Accra based Henry Nii Quaye (17) from Accra and Kwahu based Lawrence Kyei (16), have been given the rare opportunity to train and play games under professional coaches whiles on the trip. The players will be accompanied by Ghanaian baseball coach Courage Akuaku on the trip.

According to the association, the players could lengthen their stay in Japan if they excel and could be handed further opportunities to become professional players in Japan.

Mr. Frimpong explained that the players were handed the opportunity after an initial selection exercise in the country by a Japanese organisation.

“This is a positive development for Ghana. It’s the first time that players from Ghana are being offered this opportunity,” Mr. Frimpong said adding that, “some of us have taken the lead in developing the sports. It is our hope that they will become professional players.”

After interacting with the President of the Ghana Olympic Committee, Prof. Francis Dodoo and the GOC Deputy Secretary General Rev. Richmond Quarcoo at the GOC Conference Room, Albert Frimpong said he was pleased with the meeting.

“We respect the fact that the Ghana Olympic Committee is there for us all. Prof. Dodoo encouraged the boys to make use of the opportunity that has been offered to them. He (Prof. Dodoo) has supported us on the quite. The GOC is the first place we have been to since the news came,” he summed up.