The management of Rugby Africa has earned the praise of Herbert Mensah, President of Ghana Rugby, for staging the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens tournament in Tunisia, which also served as a 2020 Olympic qualifier.
Mensah specifically commended Khaled Babbou, president of Rugby Africa, for the inclusion of top African teams from the four Africa regions.
He said that, in light of the difficulties with finding sponsors, it was a great achievement by Babbou and his team.
He noted that the Under-20 Barthes Cup and the women’s 15s had been made possible under the administration of Babbou.
According to Mensah World Rugby has an entrenched position yet the expectations of people was very high. He was of the view that rugby in Africa deserved better treatment.
With more than 30 unions in Africa involved, the game requires tournaments for men and women in the sevens and fifteen formats, as well as a tournament for the youth.
According to Mensah, this is not an easy task in light of the absence of sustainable sponsors at this stage.
Mensah also noted that Africa had gone a long way to follow guidelines and rules on what needed to be done and that it was complying in a commendable way.
“The reason that African rugby has gone this way is because it is able to spread the sport over a longer period and give greater equity to all nations,” he said.
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