January 26th saw the start of a President’s 9s tournament in Ghana involving four clubs, with the champions crowned in December. In a bid to welcome newcomers into the sport, the 9s will feature on the last Sunday of each month at Legon Rugby Field and involve existing sides; Bulls, Pirates, Panthers and Skolars.
Ghana Rugby League has stepped up their preparations for the 2019 MEA Championship, due to be held in Lagos, Nigeria from 2-5 October. The Leopards first came on the rugby league radar in July 2014 when hosting the GB Student Pioneers at the El-Wak Sports Stadium in Accra.
The 2019 Ghana Rugby League Championship has kicked off with a double header at the Legon Rugby Field. Featuring four clubs in its inaugural campaign, who are all based around the capital Accra, Panthers defeated Pirates 34-22 and Bulls overcame Skolars 38-18.
Ghana Rugby League has appointed Andy Gilvary as their national team head coach in preparation for the 2019 Middle East Africa Rugby League Championships, to be held in Nigeria from the 2-6th October.
Date: 4/2/19 (Photo: Front Row left to right: president Nana Prempeh, general secretary Ofosuhemaa Donkor, vice president Gordon Fraser Back Row left to right: Kareem Captan, Felix Akoh, Ibrahim Asaka el Hajji , RLEF regional director Remond Safi)
Nana Prempeh, an Ashanti Royal from Kumasi, has been made president of the Ghana Rugby League Federation.
Skolars defeated Jamestown Pirates 18-12 in the inaugural final of the Accra 9s in Legon, Ghana - but only after the replayed decider had gone to golden point extra time. The initial tournament final a week before could not see the sides separated after they were locked at 6 a-piece, despite extra time, until fading light intervened.
Work is continuing throughout Africa to continue the development of rugby league, with formalised competition starting in DR CONGO and GHANA, and a new board in place in CAMEROON.