The President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union, Herbert Mensah has expressed his excitement in hosting the much anticipated Rugby Africa Sevens Championship.
Ghana will host seven West African countries to battle in the Rugby Africa Sevens competition which comes off at the Paa Joe Stadium in Kumasi on November 27 and 28, 2021.
The tournament serves as route for countries to book their places in the final qualifying round in April next year.
Ghana faces Mali, Benin and Niger in Pool A while Côte d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso and Togo slug it out in Pool B
In the women’s category, Ghana clashes with Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo.
Welcoming the opportunity, Herbert Mensah said Ghana will fight harder to secure a qualification to the final qualifying round in April next year.
He said that, “With the support of our government, HRH Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, our sponsors and Rugby Africa, whom I sincerely thank, the Ghanaian Rugby Union will organize a world-class event which will allow the teams to express themselves on the pitch in the best possible conditions.
“It is an honour for us to also welcome the women’s qualifying category for the first time at this level. Obviously, our ambition is to qualify our two men’s and women’s selections for the next round and like our West African brothers and sisters, we are actively preparing for the occasion.
“After the period of shutdown that we all experienced following the Covid-19, we are particularly excited to host this continental event, it is a real celebration of African rugby that is brewing. Everything is in place to ensure the safety and health of all in strict compliance with the health protocol of our authorities and the Rugby Africa medical commission. ”
Meanwhile, for the very first time, this year’s edition of the qualifying round will have a female category as Rugby Africa stands for total equality between men’s rugby and women’s rugby and wishes to offer the same opportunities to all African athletes regardless of their gender.