Kaduna RFC and Cowrie RFC Face Off On Super Cup Debut
The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) has confirmed Saturday February 27, 2016, (tomorrow) for the inaugural edition of the CMB sponsored Super Cup.
The match, scheduled for 2:30 pm, will be contested by Kaduna RFC, the oldest team in Nigeria, and undefeated Lagos-based club, Cowrie RFC. The Super Cup is billed to hold at the main bowl of the National Stadium, Lagos.
Rugby fans are certainly in for a thrill as the CMB-sponsored Super Cup is the curtain raiser for the 2016 South West and Northern Leagues, respectively.
Following weeks of intensive training ahead of the game, head coach of Cowrie RFC, Ofoha Joseph, disclosed that his players are in good shape. Beaming with confidence, Ofoha told the media unit of the NRFF that the absence of his strong ball carriers Isaac Kato, Mathias Chijioke, Obinna Alaeto and sensational winger, Christian Innocent Ogar who moved to Belhar RFC of South Africa last month, will not affect the team's performance on Saturday in any way.
"We saw this coming and so we already had a plan B. Although their absence will be felt, [but] I am confident that the likes of Nigeria international Samuel Ekpo, Michael Oloche and Olisa Nwokedi will step up and fill the vacuum conveniently,” Ofoha said.
He also adds: "We also have the likes of Olatunji Oduntan, Onoru Jatto, national team captain, Azeez Ladipo, and Hafis Ayinla, who has completed his suspension after his altercation with match officials in the 2015 President's cup final.”
Meanwhile, 2015 Northern Union League runner up, Kaduna RFC are hoping to bank on the experience of their captain Ibrahim Musa and Gabriel Felix Ogbole. Kaduna RFC, who look to win the first edition of the playoff, replaced Barewa RFC after the latter were stripped off their title.
It should be recalled that an “unacceptable” request by Barewa RFC for a participation fee of ₦600,000, saw them lose their spot as champions of the Northern League.
Not perturbed by the stature of their opponents, head coach of Kaduna RFC, Richard Raphael said, “Cowrie are a tough side who have lots of good players and a lot of experienced players. We have to make sure that we are switched on and get our detail right.” Coach Raphael goes on to say, “We will show Cowrie what the northern power is all about on Saturday. I believe my team has what it takes to win."
The Super Cup which is a first, and makes its debut as a pre-season tournament, will also be a first for both clubs to have an encounter.
In line with the federation’s plan to promote Rugby in schools, through World Rugby’s Get Into Rugby programme, there will be Rugby 7s games for school boys, before the Super Cup kicks off. The programme’s activities is billed to commence at 1 pm on Saturday (tomorrow).
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