Lagos, – The Nigeria Baseball and Softball Association (NBSA), has described the death of retired Lt.-Col. Friday Ichide, the Executive Director, African Baseball and Softball Association (ABSA) as a colossal loss.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ichide was among the pioneer members who 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 family 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 family 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 family and Nigeria.