JKUAT Students and Staff Set to Fly the Kenyan Flag High

The contingent of 30 players (15 for each team) that will represent Kenya in the African Qualifiers for the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) in Pretoria, South Africa.

JKUAT staff and students will join the two Softball Men National teams (Men Senior and Under-23) set to take part in the African Qualifiers for the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) in Pretoria, South Africa early February 2022.

Patrick Murangiri (Nutraceutical Science 4th year), Nixon Keya (Nutraceutical Science 4th year), Brian Muli (Finalist Medicine and Surgery) and Moses Kipchirchir (Supply Chain Management 3rd Year) were named in the Under-23 softball squad while two JKUAT alumni and former JKUAT Softball captains, Vincent Cheruiyot and Dennis Katumo will join the senior team.

The batch of students is joined by two JKUAT Staff, Ms. Hellen Ng’ethe and Mr. Moses Ondeng who were appointed Team Managers for the Senior Men Team and the Under-23 Team respectively. The announcement was made after a training camp held at JKUAT, January 28-30, 2022.

The Senior Men Qualifier will be played in Pretoria from February 11-13, 2022 with the winner earning a ticket to the World Cup set to be played in Auckland, New Zealand later in the year, while the African qualifier for the inaugural Under-23 Men’s Softball World Cup will be held from February 8-10, 2022, and will grant one spot in the global tournament.

Kenya, Lesotho, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia have expressed their interest in competing in the event. The winner will take part in the maiden WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup set to be played in Argentina. 

Kenya’s only appearance in a Softball global event was at the 2016 Women’s Softball World Championship, where the nation finished in 28th place. With the adequate preparation they have had, the team is confident that they will give it their best and make the country proud.

“We are confident that the team will register magnificent results. The team has been training hard since last year and they have been accorded the necessary support by the federation and the government, not forgetting the institutions as 90% of the players are drawn from Universities,” said Ms. Hellen.

Ms. Ng’ethe is also the Secretary-General of the Softball Federation of Kenya while her colleague Mr. Ondeng is the Development Officer of the Federation.  

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