Rugby Presidents Express Excitement Over West African Tournament In Ghana

The Presidents of Ghana Rugby, Ivory Coast Rugby and Nigeria Rugby have all expressed their excitement about the tri-nations men’s 15s tournament between the three West African nations that is scheduled to kick off this weekend in Elmina-Ghana.

In a message from Lagos the President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF), Mr Kelechukwu Mbagwu, said, “The inaugural West African Rugby Series taking place in Ghana next week fills us with excitement and pride. It's an event that must be sustained going forward bringing together the best rugby playing nations in the subcontinent on the platform of our beloved sport. 

Kudos to my brother Herbert Mensah, the President of Ghana Rugby, and his effective team for planning and setting this up. We look forward to a week of exciting rugby and of course a victory for the Nigerian team the Black Stallions.”

Mr Herbert Mensah, President and Board Chairman of Ghana Rugby, said in a voice note from London ( that it has always been his dream for West African nations to come together and show that they can be the best at anything.

“By setting up what we pioneered some three years ago in Ghana by coming together and setting up a super league or championship is the only way that we can start to edge closer to what they have in Southern and Eastern Africa,” Mensah said.

He continued to say that there can not be any greater giants than his brother Mr Kelechukwu Mbagwu in Nigeria and Dr Elvis Tano in the Ivory Coast who is also the Treasurer of Rugby Africa to get together to play regularly and hopefully more than once a year.

Mensah also expressed the hope that Senegal and their legendary President Mr Guédel Ndiaye will soon join the three nations in the quest to develop Rugby in the sub-continent of West Africa.

The 2019 Ghana Rugby Men’s XVs Invitationals will kick off this Sunday 28 July 2019 at 11 am on the Nduom Sports Stadium pitch with Ghana facing the Ivory Coast.

In their previous encounter on the 11th of May 2019 Ivory Coast beat the Ghana Eagles narrowly by one point (23-22) in an exciting nailbiting match.

On Wednesday 31 July 2019 it will be a clash between Nigeria and Ivory Coast, followed by the final match on Saturday 3 August 2019 between Ghana and Nigeria.