Herbert Mensah congratulates Rugby Africa for showing leadership

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Khaled Babbou, President of Rugby Africa (left), with Herbert Mensah
Khaled Babbou, President of Rugby Africa (left), with Herbert Mensah

President of the Ghana Rugby Union (GRU), Herbert Mensah, has lauded the continental  body for staging the 2019 Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens tournament in Tunisia which  served as 2020 Olympic qualifier for participating countries.

Mr Mensah commended Khaled Babbou, President of the Rugby Africa, for finding it important to organise the competition despite the difficulties in securing sponsorships.

According to the GRU president, there was a need for tournaments to be staged for men and women in the sevens and fifteens format especially with more than 30 unions in Africa involved the sport.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports Online, Mr Mensah noted that the future of rugby in Africa was dependent on the continent accepting change by raising funds locally.

“The reason that African rugby has gone this way is to be able to spread rugby over a longer period and give greater equity to all nations.

“The future of rugby in Africa is dependent on the extent that the continent and its unions embrace change which would help to raise funds locally,” he said.