Cuba’s national team will face Nicaragua for six games in the Latin American Stadium in Havana, Cuba, during the month of September. These games are in preparation for both teams facing the Pre-World Tournament in Puerto Rico to begin on the 1st of October.
The note comes from the Cuban Baseball Federation, and specifies that the games will happen in the second fortnight of September without even mentioning precise date on which they will be.
According to the Pan American Baseball Confederation (COPABE), a total of six seats for the World Baseball 2011 will be defined in the Pre-World Tournament. At the same time, seven other teams achieve their ticket to the baseball tournament of the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, the very next year.
For Nicaragua, which has been preparing for this tournament after winning third place among nations in the past nine Central American and Caribbean Games in Puerto Rico, playing the top teams like Cuba will go far to meet the challenge of the tournament ahead.
The president of the Baseball Federation of that country, Mr. Adolfo Marenco, told the Cuban news agency Prensa Latina, that “the blanks with Cuba serivirá us to get into the best shape possible to Pre-Sports World attaining the objective we have set, winning a seat. ”
So far the aforementioned six games are the only games the two teams have on their schedule in preparation for facing the international tournament in October.
Cuba announced last week a list of 39 men from which the 24 will seek the title in the tournament to be held from 1 to 10 October in Boricuas land.
Nicaragua participated in the last World Cup of 2009 where it competed in Group D of the tournament finishing the first round tied 3-0 to finish as a leader of it. In the second round of the tournament, the Nicaraguans compiled a 2-4 record to be eliminated from any chance of medals in the event where Cuba finished in second place after falling 10-5 to the United States in the final.
That World Cup was the last time the two teams drew each other in a September 14 game where the Cubans took up with 4-1 victory closed.
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Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.