Ghana Baseball signs partnership with Japan-Africa Baseball and Softball Foundation
The Ghana Baseball and Softball Association (GBSA) and the Japan-Africa Baseball and Softball Foundation (J-ABS) have signed a partnership agreement for the development of sport in Ghana.
As part of the Ballership Education partnership agreement, J-ABS will help GBSA maintain playing surfaces for the sport, organize training and exchange programs for coaches and players and also organize a national baseball tournament called Ghana Koshien Tournament.
Speaking at the signing of the partnership on Friday, May 13, 2022 in Accra, GBSF Chairman Mr. Ernest Danso said he hoped the partnership would see baseball become a household name in Ghana.
He said the partnership is part of the Association’s efforts to develop the sport.
“This partnership is about the holistic development of the sport, from the training of players and coaches to the organization of competitions and the maintenance of playing surfaces.
“We want to make baseball a household name in Ghana and we hope that with the help of J-ABS, we will be able to achieve this goal in the near future.”
For his part, J-ABS Chairman Mr. Shinya Tomonari said the partnership is part of the African Koshien Project, a larger project across the African continent.
“The goal of the project is to use baseball and softball to develop human resources among young people,” Mr. Tomonari said.
“The project targets all countries and regions in Africa. To this end, we will donate baseball equipment, support the maintenance of baseball stadiums and promote baseball education, leading to the popularization and development of the sport. In addition, we are aiming to hold a national tournament called the Ghana Koshien Tournament”.
The Director of the Technical Department of the National Sports Authority, Mr. Kwame Amponfi Junior commended the partners for their sustained efforts to develop the sport over the years.
He said investing in logistics, equipment and training programs has proven to be the best route to sporting success.