Nigeria has been chosen to host the second Middle East Africa Rugby League Championship, which will take place over a week in October and is likely to comprise of two groups and a final, all at a single venue.
A new Nigeria Rugby League Association has replaced the previous governing body as Observer members of the RLEF, following a number of inactive years by the old federation.
As part of the second Middle East Africa Championship, to be held in Lagos, Nigeria in early October, the first regional coaching and match official courses will take place during that week. Led by RLEF coach educators Martin Crick and Phil Smith, they will be assisted by Lebanon’s Nayef abi Said.
Rugby league’s impact in the Middle East Africa region continues to grow ahead of the 2019 MEA Championships, to be held in Lagos, Nigeria in October and also featuring Morocco, Cameroon and Ghana.
Earlier this month hosts Nigeria won the 2019 MEA Championship, defeating Morocco 38-10 at the TBS Cricket Oval, home of Lagos Cricket Club. Skipper and loose forward, London Broncos Sadiq Adebiyi scored a try in each half, Nigeria leading 18-4 at the break.