Women rugby in Africa call for more support in rugby
As the Ghana Women rugby in Africa Union increases efforts to expand rugby in the country, female rugby players have called on local authorities to provide more support for women.
Some of the female players, speaking in an interview after the Rugby 7s World Cup Qualifiers in Kumasi at the weekend, said the Ghana Ruby Union continues to play its part but there is still more to be done.
Several young and vibrant females put up an exceptional performance as some gained recognition for their individual brilliance in the well-organized tournament.
Women rugby in Africa Captain Paulina Mensah received the top scorer award in the female category. She started playing rugby only two years ago and now aims to take the sport a notch higher in the years ahead. Having maintained a good run through the game and helping her team qualify to the next stage of the competition, she remained focused on making herself ‘’proud’’ on the international stage in the future.
“We are going to play at the commonwealth games in Tunisia and from there we will go to the World Cup afterward if we win.”
Gifty Dazam, a central player in the Ghana Team who also started playing rugby three years ago said the game had enabled her to build her confidence since she started.
“Right after school, I was introduced to the game. I could not play in this tournament due to an injury but I hope to be part of the team that goes to the next level.”
It is, for this reason, Rafatu Inusah, Women’s Representative of the Ghana Rugby Union and Rugby Africa’s Unstoppable maintained that authorities need to pay more attention to rugby and females in general just as they focus on other sports.
She however noted that a lot younger girls were being motivated to join the game and more of such recruitments would be done in the years ahead.
Commenting on the performance of the ladies in the tournament, she explained that the ladies were focused on the task ahead of them and had therefore placed all challenges aside to win the tournament.
She says that as a Union they are grateful to the leadership of the Ghana Rugby Union that has spearheaded changes to the Women’s Rugby.
She however affirmed of their commitment to growing Rugby across Ghana even as she urged more young girls to join rugby to boost performance.
“We are trying to develop rugby across Ghana it is going to grow as time goes by.”
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