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Nigeria’s Rugby team beats Mauritius, moves a step closer to Division 1B

By Alex Monye
15 July 2016   |   2:10 am
Two tries from Onoru Jato and one each from Christian Ogar and Obi Wilson, as well as Monday Omoregieva’s successful conversions and a penalty kick, gave the Nigerian national rugby team...
Black Stallions celebrating their victory over Mauritius at the on-going Africa IC Cup in Morocco…on Wednesday.

Black Stallions celebrating their victory over Mauritius at the on-going Africa IC Cup in Morocco…on Wednesday.

• Pam charges Black Stallions to focus on Morocco

Two tries from Onoru Jato and one each from Christian Ogar and Obi Wilson, as well as Monday Omoregieva’s successful conversions and a penalty kick, gave the Nigerian national rugby team (Black Stallions) victory over Mauritius on Wednesday at the ongoing Africa Division 1C Cup Championship taking place in Casablanca, Morocco.

Speaking after the team recorded a 31-21 victory at the COC Stadium, President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation, Sir Edward Pam Fom, stated the Black Stallions would now shift their attention to the all-important clash against host, Morocco, tomorrow.

He noted that the victory against Mauritius has moved the team closer to promotion to Division 1B.

“I believe the technical crew, led by Fabian Juries, noticed some of the lapses against Mauritius in our first game. We need to go back to the drawing board and ensure that we correct those mistakes against Morocco. Majority of the players in the Moroccan side are professionals. They ply their trade in France, which is one of the powerhouses of rugby in the world. We cannot afford to let our guards down and allow them to exploit us,” he said.

The Black Stallions’ next game against host, Morocco, will hold on Saturday. The game is a winner takes all encounter. Victory for either team will take the winner to Division 1B.

The promoted team will automatically book a place in the second phase of the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup qualification process.