Little League World Series: Africa Sends First Team

Uganda probably won't win, but the underdogs are crowd favorites
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2012 10:14 AM CDT
Little League World Series: Africa Sends First Team
The Little League baseball team from Lugazi, Uganda, participates in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

The Little League World Series is under way in Pennsylvania, and al-Jazeera writer Cath Turner takes note of a milestone this year: Uganda is playing, the first time a team from Africa has made the tourney in its 66-year history. The boys from Lugazi lost their opener in the double-elimination tournament yesterday to Panama, 9-3, but they had plenty of American fans rooting for them as underdogs, notes AP.

"I didn't expect to find fans here," says the surprised team manager. "But I knew it was history and one thing I know about Americans, they want to see how Africans play ball." The al-Jazeera's Turner suggests another reason: "The players from Uganda are very sweet, very polite and very shy," she writes. "They're quick to give me a big, beautiful smile ... (and) their wide-eyed wonder at just about everything around them is infectious." The team plays Mexico today. More scores and schedules here. (More Uganda stories.)

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