Major League Baseball side Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Ugandan duo of Ben Sserunkuma and Umar Male.
Sserunkuma and Male will become the first two Ugandan born to play professional for a Major League Baseball organisation.
The duo will first report to the Dodgers Dominican complex, Campos Las Palmas in Santo Domingo to kick start their professional baseball journey. This means that the Dominican Republic will be the first step for Sserunkuma and Male who will compete to get promoted through six levels of Minor League Baseball with the goal of playing in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Sserunkuma is a native of Luweero District and has signed as a right handed pitcher. He is an S.5 student at Allen VR Stanley Secondary School in Mpigi and began his Baseball career in 2014.
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He represented Uganda in the 2019 East African Qualifiers in Kenya as well as the RBI International tournament in Vero Beach, Florida in 2019.
His compatriot, Male signed as a catcher and is an S.4 student at Allen VR Stanley Secondary School. He began playing baseball in 2012 and also represented Uganda at 2019 East African Qualifiers in Kenya as well as the RBI International tournament in 2018 and 2019.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are also sending Joshua Kizito Muwanguzi to coach at Campo Las Palmas for the 2022 season.
Muwanguzi is a graduate of AVRS and began his coaching in 2019 as an infield defensive specialist at his alma mater. In 2015, Muwanguzi aided the Uganda Little League Baseball organization to the league World series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania as a player.
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