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Dec '11 07

MLB African Academy being held in Cape Town, South Africa



40 Players to take part in Instructional League like Training Camp

Major League Baseball International is holding its first-ever MLB African Academy at the facilities of the Athlone A’s Baseball Club in Cape Town, South Africa from December 6 to 15, 2011. 40 players from South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Zimbabwe and Kenya take part in the Instructional League like training camp.

The best young players from Africa are invited to make the next step in their development. The coaching staff includes Major League experienced coaches Rick Magnante, German Geigel and Lee Smith. Besides the practices sessions and games on the field there also will be classroom seminars in conditioning, health and nutrition. MLB scouts will be on hand to evaluate the skills of each player.

Invited Players at the MLB African Academy in Cape Town:

Last Name          First Name      Nation       Position
Ajayi Omokoje      Peter           Nigeria      RHP, OF
Aklesi             Michael         Ghana        C
Asavela            Zithutha        South Africa RHP
Bibis              Kyron           South Africa 3B, OF
Blount             Adrian          South Africa SS
Brummer            Courtney        South Africa OF
Clarke             Keenan          South Africa C
Ebersoh            Rowan           South Africa LHP
Einu               Timothy         Uganda       OF, SS
Frost              Javier          South Africa OF, 3B
Gabriel            David           Nigeria      SS, 3B
Gachi              Christ          Cameroon     LHP
Gaddin             Kyle            South Africa RHP
Gonsu              Kevin           Cameroon     SS
Grundling          Gareth          South Africa 1B
Koff               Devon           South Africa RHP
Kotei              Henry           Ghana        RHP, SS
Larkins            Matthew         South Africa RHP, OF
Lebebe             Michael         South Africa LHP, OF
Lubega             Jordan          Uganda       SS, 1B
Mafany             Sihle           South Africa RHP
Mahoney            Marvin          South Africa 3B
Manyeki            Brian           Kenya        1B
Mashile            Samuel          South Africa C
Merrick            Wesley          South Africa C
Murdoza            Rodney          Zimbabwe     1B, SS
Mustapha           Abbas           Kenya        RHP, 1B
Ocen               David           Uganda       3B
Okello             Benard          Uganda       UTIL
Palmer             Keegan          South Africa OF
Pearce             Callan          South Africa RHP
Phiri              Sumani          Zimbabwe     LHP, 1B, OF
Signi              Jo Jo Michael   Cameroon     C
Siphelo            Gadudu          South Africa RHP
Ssekandi           Jimmy           Uganda       SS, 2B
Stoltz             Tyrone          South Africa C
Tawede             Akinyemi        Nigeria      LHP, 1B
Tenesi             Tapiwa          Zimbabwe     RHP, OF
Tighe              Rowan           South Africa 2B
Wafula             Paul            Uganda       OF
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