08.10.2003 Sports News

Rugby Team Off To Mali

By Graphic
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The national rugby team, Golden Stars, left the country last Monday for Bamako, Mali, to participate in the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) tournament which began yesterday and ends on October 13.

The team, led by the President of the Ghana Rugby Association (GRA), ,Ms Gifty E. Annan Myers, travelled to Togo by road where they boarded an International Rugby Board’s (IRB) chartered flight to the host nation to begin their campaign. Before departure, the team appeared set to glitter in their maiden assignment that could bring prominence to the GRA.

In an interview with the Graphic, the GRA boss was very optimistic that her team would excel at the games. “The boys are very determined to make it at the games knowing very well that their participation at the upcoming World Rugby Cup tournament solely depends on their ability to chalk success at the CAR competition “, she revealed.

She lamented that in the corridors of Ghana sports, less importance is attached to rugby on account of the fact that the sport has been dormant for years.

She said since the re-introduction of rugby, her office had always faced financial difficulties in its attempt to rekindle the sport to an appreciable level. “This maiden assignment could be said to be a test of our potency, and it is very important to me because I see it as an opportunity given to us to prove our worth”, she noted.

Ms Myers said with victory at the competition, her outfit stands the chance of winning the full support of the government as well as sports lovers, a situation which she said could boost the morale of the entire team.

She, however, expressed the hope that the Golden Stars would be able to make the necessary mark in Mali to regain the former glory.

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