NIGERIA RUGBY TO FOCUS MORE ON GRASSROOTS DEVELOPMENT IN 2016
The Vice President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF), Olatunji Fasimoye has announced that the federation will come up with its activity calendar for 2016 this week.
According to Fasimoye, the federation had to wait for Rugby’s continental governing body, Rugby Africa, so as to have a synergetic work plan and calendar. Consequently, the delay in NRFF’s release of their 2016 calendar which the vice president says is in place.
“Already as it is, we have our internal plans and we just got the plans of Rugby Africa last week [2 weeks ago],” said Fasimoye. “What we are trying to do is [to] integrate both plans, so that we can come up with our calendar,” Fasimoye adds.
He assured that early this week, “our calendar should be out to the public,” hinting also the federation’s focus in 2016, will be more on grassroots development with the view to spread the ‘gospel’ of Rugby in Nigeria. “Our focus this year is actually on development through our ‘Get into Rugby’ programme.”
Explaining further, Mr. Fasimoye said the federation will start with 10 coaches who will handle at least 40 schools. “When you look at 40 schools, you have an average of 40 students; that will be a major achievement.”
“Our focus this year is to see how we can further take the sport to the grassroots to start developing young athletes at a very tender age.”
Ogar goes to South Africa
Belhar RFC, has announced the signing of Nigerian player Christian Ogar popularly known as ‘Star Boy’. Ogar a winger, currently plays for Cowrie RFC Lagos in the Southwest League in Nigeria.
Ogar, a member of the Black Stallions’ Rugby 7s squad, was spotted by scouts during the Rugby Olympic qualifier tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa, in November 2015.
An indigene of Cross River state, Christian Ogar started his playing career with Plateau Tiger in Jos, before moving to current Southwest League champions – Cowrie RFC Lagos, is due to fly out of the country sometime this week.
Belhar RFC, which plays in the Western Cape League, South Africa, announced the deal in December 2015, after an agreement was reached with the player through his club.
Reacting to this, the Technical Adviser of the national team – the Black Stallions – Bandele Coker, described the move as “a stepping stone” for the player and also for the national team.
According to him, moving to South Africa, a country with better infrastructure [and programmes] for the development of Rugby, will be good for the winger who hopes to be selected to represent Nigeria in the future.
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