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Ghana, Ivory Coast name teams for first Tri-Nations Rugby Match

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Ghana Rugby and the Ivorian Rugby Federation for the first of a historic tri-nations West African rugby tournament, have announced their squads after a Team Managers’ meeting in Elmina-Ghana at the Nduom Sports Stadium .

The match hosted which is being hosted by Ghana Rugby, is scheduled to kick off at 11 am Ghana time and it is the first of three matches. 

The second match will be played at the same venue on Wednesday 31 July 2019 between Ivory Coast and Nigeria with the last match taking place on Saturday, August 3, 2019, between Ghana and Nigeria.

In the previous encounter between Ghana and Ivory Coast on May 11, 2019,  at the same venue, the Ivorian Elephants narrowly beat the Ghana Eagles by 23 to 22.

The General Secretary of the Ivory Coast Rugby Federation, Bini Guy Roger, in a message to participants, said: “We are happy to take part in this tournament which is an opportunity offered to our local players to express themselves. We salute this great initiative and congratulate Ghana Rugby for its organisation. Ghana – Ivory Coast is a meeting of friendship, fraternity between our two nations and it is in this spirit that we approach this game. Good luck to all and may African Rugby win.”

For his part, the  President of Ghana Rugby, Herbert Mensah, a message to the Ghana Eagles wished the players the best of luck and emphasised that it is all about living the values of Rugby on the pitch.

President of Ghana Rugby, Herbert Mensah

“When you wear that jersey, you are wearing it for your fellow players!”, Mensah said.

Even though Ghana Rugby has quite a few players in the Diaspora in South Africa and the UK the Ghana Eagles squad will consist of only local players except for one player from South Africa.

According to the President of Ghana Rugby, Herbert Mensah, the tri-nations tournament is the start of fulfilling his dream to establish a WARS (West Africa Rugby Series) that will in future include regular tournaments between men and women for both the fifteens and sevens formats of the Game of Rugby Union.

“We started playing with the WARS concept as far back as 2015 but the time was just not right to launch it then. The cancellation of the Rugby Africa Gold, Silver and Bronze Cups this year united the rugby nations of West Africa to re-look the development of rugby in the Region and this tournament will hopefully be the start of many exciting competitions to follow,” Mensah said.

Ghana-First XV:

1. Andrews Kwamena  Amissah

2. Prince  Boamah

3. Christian  Percy  Adamson 

4. Calestus  Bosoka 

5. Micheal  Arthur 

6. Gideon Klugey

7. Dorfenyo Dorfenyo

8. Eric  Tettegah 

9. Richard  Kwesi 

10. Francis  Kweku  Mensah-Donkor 

11. Solomon Baba  Akumba 

12. Michael  Acquay

13. Jerry  Danquah (SA) 

14. Kofi  Montchon 

15. Abdul Jalilu  Yussif 

Substitutes:

16. Abdul Wahid  Illiasu 

17. Seidu  Ibrahim 

18. Jason Kweku Dzata 

19. Lukman  Yaya 

20. Eric  Acquah 

21. John Donkor 

22. Emmanuel  Terakuu

23. Suwabiru Salim  Amuzuloh 

Coach: Lovemore “Dallars” Kuzorera 

Ivory Coast-First XV:

1. Mohamed Sidibe

2. Arouna Bamba

3. Tiede Kone

4. Innocent Baouar

5. Mouhamed Barro

6. Tidiane Kamara

7. Louison Valentin N’zoko

8. Issa Bassono

9. Litto Jean Vincent Tete

10. Benjamin Paul Richard Maurice

11. Christian Renaud Eba

12. Semonnin Firmin Doue

13. Douho Gnonsio Firmin Kohon

14. Charles Lebon Zamble

15. Gniple Henri Gerald Gnirigba

Substitutes:

16. Alpha Diallo

17. Adama Camara

18. Mamadou Cherif Kone

19. Moustapha Berete

20. Brice Paul Arnaud Bollou

21. Odoukou Paul Arnaud Kamon

22. N’dri Attoumbre Kouakou Eric M’bra

23. Eby Jacques Arnauld Bomoua

Coach: Soumahoro Bakary

Match Officials: Match Referee: Mathias Bvepfepfe (Zimbabwe) Assistant Referees: Jeffrey Chiwanda (Zimbabwe) and Ishmael Adamah (Ghana)

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