Baseball coach off to join SA squad camp

BATTER UP: Baseball champion and Eagles coach Lwazi Mlondolozi has been invited to be part of the South African Baseball Squad in Cape Town
Picture:SIVENATHI GOSA

Baseball champion and Eagles coach Lwazi Mlondolozi, 32, has been invited to be part of the South African baseball team in Cape Town later  this year where a camp for developing coaches and players will take place.

Mlondolozi launched the Billie Magengelele Baseball Revival Programme last year at Sakhile Primary School in Mdantsane, with the hopes of carrying on with the legacy of the titular baseball enthusiast, Billie Magengelele.

The GO! reported (“Baseball proves hit” June 3, 2018) that Mlondolozei joined coaching because of Magengelele.

Baseball proves a hit

“Mr Magengelele used to practise near my house.

“I fell in love with the sport when I was nine years old and one of his players hit the ball in my yard.

“I took the ball back to them and never turned my back on from the sport ever since,”, said he Mlondolozi said.

Mlondolozi received got the invitation to join the SA baseball squad after being recognised through social media for his efforts in reviving the sport. baseball.

“We have communication with international coaches, so they tend to travel and share some of their skills and knowledge about the sport with the aspiring players.

“It has been almost a decade since Buffalo City participated in national tournaments.
“We have been laying the groundwork to make sure we bring teams, which we successfully did this year,” he said.

In 2014, Mlondolozi started off with eight schools interested in the sport code, and at present, there are approximately 14 schools involved.

“There are 30 players who that will go for training, and 20 will be selected to represent the country in Korea in September.

“One of my players is part of the 30 players, Sivenathi Mzolwa.”

“Getting the invitation made me realise that my passion didn’t go in vain.”

He said their biggest challenges were a only challenge they are facing is the lack of support and equipment.

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