Baseball and Softball association mourn Lt.-Col. Friday Ichide

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Lagos, – Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association (NBSA), has described death retired Lt.-Col. Friday Ichide, Director, African Baseball and Softball Association (ABSA) as a colossal loss.

A by NBSA Secretary, Kehinde Laniyan, on Wednesday said that Ichide died when were most needed by association.

The also said that immense contribution to the development the sport, especially in Nigeria was unquantifiable.

said the deceased, was also the former NBSA Technical Committee Chairman, was an astute sports administrator great repute and would be missed in Nigeria and .

added that Ichide was among the few sports administrators that challenged the conventional way of sports in Nigeria.

“The sports community in Nigeria and miss him; the deceased was a great sports administrator whose wealth of knowledge helped to reshape baseball and softball.

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“He was among the that led baseball and softball into the All and was a mentor impacted technical and administrative knowledge on individuals,’’ the said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ichide was among the pioneer members ushered baseball and softball into the itinerary of the nation’s sports disciplines in 1989.

Other pioneer members include retired Gen. Ishola Williams, Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke and William Boyd among others.

The association, however, prayed for God’s guidance and for Him to grant the the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

The late Ichide died aged 65, on April 20 in Minna, Niger State.

Meanwhile, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has also sent a condolence message to the NBSA and of the deceased.

The message is contain in a statement by WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari.

The message said that the late Ichide’s contribution to the game in Nigeria and Africa would be missed by all.

“On behalf of the world baseball and softball governing body, I want to express my most sincere condolences to his and Nigeria.

“I’m confident his legacy continue and his an example to all,’’ said. (NAN)