By: Kofi Owusu Aduonum
The Newly formed Accra Rugby Club (ARC) on Saturday emerged winners of the One- Day Invitational Rugby Tournament at the University of Ghana Rugby Pitch by beating Cosmos Bufalo 10-0 in a fierce competition.
Playing under the supervision of Coach Claude Scholtz, ARC demontrated enough strength and power to overcome their opponents in an event organized by the Africa Financial Service (AFS), as part of their efforts to promote the game in Ghana.
Mr. Worlanyo Agra, Chief Executive of the National Sports Council (NSC) presented the trophy at stake to the winners of the competition, and urged the players to remain disciplined and committed to the game.
He commended the sponsors for putting up the competition, saying it was a positive move towards the organization of the sport in Ghana. Mr. Agra commended the sponsors of the event for their financial support saying it will go a long way to promote the sport in the country.
Opening the competition, Nii Nortey Duah, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports called on the sponsors and organisers to make the event an annual one and described it as laudable idea.
“This event must not be one day show or nine day wonders, but a consistent one in order to make players regular and active as well as develop more players for the national team,” he stated.
He said the Ministry and the NSC is ready to collaborate with the sponsors and organizers to ensure that, the event is organized every year to sustain the interest of people in the sport whilst grooming talents.
Nortey Duah expressed the hope that, Rugby will develop to the required standard in Ghana, following the injection of capital into its organization. He called on the officials in charge of the development of Rugby in Ghana to take advantage of the decision of AFS to develop the sport, and to organize more competitions.
The one day invitational tournament also saw Intercontinental Mining and Contracting Services, Frontline Capital Advisor, Omega Risk Solutions and Zenith Bank as sponsors.
The other teams that participated in the event were Driving Light Preparatory, University of Ghana Rugby team, Wilberforce Preparatory, Warrior Ladies, Cosmos U-14, Accra Sharks and Dansoman Hurricanes.