A friendly international match organised by the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) saw the Ghana Eagles emerging victorious over their neighbouring counterparts, Togo, on Sunday at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The Togolese who defeated Ghana at the West African Seven’s tournament held in Togo saw their side trailed by a slim margin after they were beaten by 10 points to 5 on Sunday.
According to Mr. Simba Mangena, coach of the Ghana Eagles, his side had a difficult time to win the game because they lost concentration after the first 10 minutes of the game.
The change of schedule from Niger to play Togo meant a change in tactics coupled with the unfortunate loss of key man Dan Hoppe.
Speaking to the press, Ouro-Koumoni Mahawiya, coach of Togo, disclosed that despite their loss they really enjoyed the game adding that he would have been much happier if they had won the match.
Herbert Mensah, the President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), commended both teams, noting Rugby indeed emerged as the winner.
Mensah said he was obviously delighted that Ghana managed to scrape through in the last minutes to emerge winners, but that it was indeed Rugby in West Africa that walked away with the laurels.
Originally Ghana was scheduled to play Niger and when they pulled out at the last moment, the Togo Rugby Union saved the day by sending a team on very short notice.
The match officials for the match were made up of the match referee Mr. Ignace NDRI (Ivory Coast), and Ghanaian Ishmael Adamah, Benson Botwey and Rob Oram.
The Ghana Rugby Regional Associations, GARA and CentWest, also launched a special appeal to their members and those who stood up to be counted included Accra Rugby Club, Conquerors RFC, Dansoman Hurricanes RFC, Griffons RFC, Ghana Ladies Rugby and Omar Captan, GARA PRO, in his personal capacity.
By David Cudjoe