The Ghana Rugby Football Union (Ghana Rugby) and the Nigerian Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) Presidents, Messrs Herbert Mensah and Kelechukwu Mbagwu, introduced the creation of an annual President’s Cup that will likely be performed on a home-and-away foundation.
The first President’s Cup will likely be performed this yr between two President XV groups of the rugby nations on 27 April in Accra-Ghana and on 4 May in Lagos-Nigeria.
The 2019 President’s Cup will even kind a part of the preparations of Ghana and Nigeria for the 2019 Rugby Africa Silver Cup that’s scheduled to happen in Nigeria between Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana and Madagascar from 6 June 2019 to 17 June 2019.
According to Herbert Mensah, a precept resolution was reached between himself and Kelechi Mbagwu in Marrakech-Morocco through the 13th General Assembly of Rugby Africa to kick-start potential wider worldwide cooperation with the President’s Cup.
“Everybody knows that the tournament structure of Rugby Africa falls short to give Rugby nations in Africa enough match exposure to ‘breed’ the next Rugby World Cup participants besides for South Africa and Namibia. Even Rugby Africa has asked Members to seriously look at friendly internationals between regional states,” he stated.
According to Kelechukwu Mbagwu, President of the NRFF, Nigeria and Ghana have had a protracted and thrilling historical past of sports activities rivalry.
“It’s been the very best of rivalries, the rivalry between Siblings. I remember those epic Nigeria/Ghana soccer matches-: the Green Eagles against the Black Stars and the Nigeria/Ghana sports festival when Modupe Oshikoya ran against Alice Annan. Those are the thrilling images I see when I think of this new Nigeria/Ghana tussle,” Mr Mbagwu stated.
The NRFF President continued to say that he’s proud and honoured to be amongst the founders of what can solely be seen as a conventional coming collectively of two mighty brothers of whom mom Africa might be justly proud.
Mr Mbagwu concluded by saying, “Ghana have set themselves an extremely high bar with their dynamic and vital President, Herbert Mensah, leading the way but when we get on the field it will be a different story. Long live the Nigeria/Ghana detente.”
Rugby Africa Development Manager for the Region Charles Yapo stated that it is a superb initiative that can strengthen the connection between these two nations by way of rugby and permit gamers to have somewhat extra play time.
“It is also an opportunity to encourage other rugby nations to follow in the footsteps of Ghana and Nigeria. For the 2019 season, Rugby Africa encourages and supports this kind of initiative. Congratulations and Rugby Africa is at your side,” Mr Yapo stated.