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[9/4/2015] WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup: Okoye needs four stitches to close cut on right leg

by on Sep.05, 2015 @ 4:35 am, under High School, Samurai Japan

Louis (Rui) Okoye hurt his right leg while chasing down a drive into right-center in the 6th inning of Friday's game against South Korea. He was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning. It was later announced that Okoye suffered a cut on his right thigh. Four stitches were required to close the wound.

The latest injury could prove costly for Japan. The cut is not expected to keep Okoye out of the line-up over the weekend, but it could affect his mobility. To make matters worse, the Japan is already down one outfielder -- Hiroshi Toyoda was diagnosed with a fissure fracture in his left knee after an HBP during the Australia game on August 30.

Source: Sponichi 9/4/2015, Nikkan Sports 9/4/2015

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TV Asahi will be carrying the Japan-Cuba game on September 5 and the Japan-United States Finals game on September 6.

Source: official TV Asahi page

2 comments on “[9/4/2015] WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup: Okoye needs four stitches to close cut on right leg

  1. Ren

    About Rui Okoye. Anyone knows where he’s from (Or his parents are from? Or their nationality?), Is he an exchange student from some other country, or was he just born and raised there in Japan? I’ve seen him played (from videos) in the U-18 tournament against other countries and this year’s Summer Koshien, he is pretty awesome to watch. Thanks.

    1. Gen Post author

      Okoye’s mother is Japanese and his father is from Nigeria. I think his mother is Tatsuya Uchi’s (Lotte) second cousin.

      Also from what I’ve read, his father wanted him to play soccer, he told reporters that his first name (Louis) was taken from Louis Vuitton, and that he was hoping to visit Nigeria for the first time after the U-18 tournament.

      Incidentally, his sister plays basketball for Myojo Gakuen High School. She was a candidate for the U-16 national team.

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