Rugby Africa Gives Nigeria Till Friday To Reinstate Board
Olayinka Elebute & Oluwole Francis
Rugby Africa has given the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports 48 hours to reinstate the dissolved board of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF).
A statement credited to the President of Rugby Africa, Khaled Babbou reminded the minister of sports, Sunday Dare that the constitution of the NRFF which was ratified at the Extraordinary General Meeting held in Lagos on 3rd March, 2018, was formally approved by the Rugby Africa and World Rugby.
The statement read that the constitution ratified at the National, Regional and Global level as well as the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) represented by its Secretary General specifically stipulates the time and modalities for the elections for a new board of the NRFF which must be held by a duly constituted AGM.
Rugby Africa on Tuesday suspended Nigeria from all its activities, citing the recent ‘illegal’ dissolution of the Nigerian Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
The implication of the suspension is that Nigeria’s rugby national team (Black Stallions) will not participate in the 2023 Rugby World Cup African qualifier scheduled for Burkina Faso next month.
The suspension also affects the women national team earlier billed to feature in their first international championship this year in Burkina Faso.
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to the Sports Minister on Media, Joshua Akanji dismissed the suspension as fake which should be disregarded.