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NRFF to host West African championship, insists Williams remains sacked 


The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) has disclosed that the country will host the African Rugby Championship, as well as the 2020 President’s Cup later this year.

Addressing journalists at the weekend in Lagos after the NRFF board meeting, NRFF president, Kelechukwu Mbagwu said the body decided to host the tournament to create more awareness of rugby in Nigeria, as well as expose the domestic players to battles with top rugby nations in the West Africa zone.

He promised that the federation would strive to host more international championships in 2020, adding that they were mapping out plans to reposition rugby in Nigeria.Mbagwu also added that NRFF was delighted that rugby would be among the sports in this year’s National Sports Festival in Edo State.

He added: “The Black Stallions won the President Cup last year in Ghana and Rugby Africa gave Nigeria the nod to host this championships because of the level of rugby development in the country.

“The NRFF’s focus is to continue promoting rugby in Nigeria this year and to this end, the rugby league, which is scheduled for all the geopolitical zones of the country, will kick off after the sports festival.“I can assure you that plans are also in place to introduce the female rugby league in the country.”

Speaking on Ntiense Williams, who was recently sacked as the technical director of NRFF, he said, “We have received a letter from the Ministry of Sports to look into the matter and seek for a way to resolve the issue.

“But at this point, it should be brought to notice that Williams is an employee of NRFF and the body has the right to sack any of its staff found guilty of any misconduct.“Any issue regarding the former technical director will be discussed when the committee brings out its report. At this point Williams remains sacked,” he said.


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