Ghana defeated Tunisia (2-0) in the final to win the first-ever Youth Baseball5 African Championship in Cape Town, and have both qualified for the inaugural Youth Baseball5 World Cup while Zambia beat South Africa to claim the bronze medal.
Zambia won the bronze medal game against South Africa 2-1 (7-0, 3-4, 6-4).
Ghana and Tunisia are ranked No. 33 and No. 8 respectively in the World.
“It was a privilege witnessing this [WBSC Africa] Youth Baseball5 World Cup Qualifier,” commented WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “I was impressed by the quality work the Local Organizing Committee put together and the level of play. Africa is improving fast. I’m sure Ghana and Tunisia will prove competitive in the WBSC Youth Baseball5 World Cup.”
“Wow, what a wonderful tournament, it has brought a lot of energy to Cape Coast,” commented Edmund Kwesi Ackom, the Ghana Baseball & Softball Federation vice president. “It marked a step forward in Baseball5 development in Ghana.”
He added: “Hosting this Youth Baseball5 Africa Qualifier has been a privilege and an honour. We are proud of the standard we achieved. It’s worth celebrating. We want to thank every participant and wish them well on their journey home. God bless Africa!”