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Dec '07 18

South Africa earns spot at Olympic Qualifier



by: IBAF, www.ibaf.tv

As expected the South African team won the African championship last weekend and earned a spot at the Olympic qualifier next spring. The mini-tournament was hindered by bad weather conditions, although the favourites won easily. Detroit Tigers center fielder Curtis GRANDERSON attended the games as a special guest. The Netherlands are the only Europeans who will participate in the Olympics at the moment. The Spanish and the British national teams are going to have a last chance next spring at a qualifier in Taiwan. Besides South Africa, their opponents will be Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Korea and Mexico.

Results African Championships:
Ghana – Cameroon 22-0
Lesotho – Cameroon 18-1
Nigeria – Ghana 13-5
South Africa – Lesotho 29-0
Nigeria – Zimbabwe 17-3
South Africa – Cameroon 16-1
Ghana – Zimbabwe 3-1
South Africa – Zimbabwe 20-0
South Africa – Nigeria 12-2
Lesotho – Ghana 5-11
Zimbabwe – Cameroon 19-11
South Africa – Ghana 15-0
Cameroon – Nigeria 5-22
Zimbabwe – Lesotho 7-4
Lesotho – Nigeria cancelled

Final Standings:
South Africa 5-0
Nigeria 3-1
Ghana 3-2
Zimbabwe 2-3
Lesotho 1-3
Cameroon 0-4




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