The United States is willing to partner Nigeria to enhance and promote baseball in the country, the US Embassy has said.

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The Embassy’s Information Officer, Russell Brooks, says Nigeria and the US share a lot in common with regard to sports, hence the need for the partnership.

“We are a sports crazy country and certainly any opportunity we have to promote collaboration between our countries is something we want to do,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria.

The US embassy and the Baseball Tomorrow Academy recently put together a baseball youth programme in Abuja, which started on 9 October and ended on Saturday with an exhibition match.

It featured Jeremy Guthrie, a former major league baseball pitcher.

No fewer than 60 youths drawn from five states in the country participated in the programme and were taught various skills in the game of baseball.

They also received instructions and technical advice on how to improve their skills to become better baseball players.

“Today the children were able to put to use all the education and training about baseball which they received during the course of the programme,” Brooks said.

“So they put it all together. We saw the pitchers doing a great job and the batters hitting the ball very well.

“That showed they had learnt a lot even with the few days they had with the former major league baseball player.

“Obviously, if they continue to play and have opportunities to receive good coaching, well I think the future is very bright for these young children.”