The Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) has named a 20-man squad ahead of Sunday’s game against the President XIII select side on September 26, 2021.
The selection was made after a three-game test series between Giwa-McNeil XIII and Safi XIII in the just ended Origins Cup, held at the Mensah Sarbah field of the University of Ghana. Players were selected based on their performance over the three games which started on September 5.
“With help from Sports Elite, we selected players based on strength, power, skills, tackles completed, knowledge of the game, tackle breaks, and discipline”, technical head (RLFG) ,Marshall Nortey said.
National team coach, Andy Gilvary expressed his excitement with the development and future of the women and men rugby league in Ghana; “it is fantastic to see the development in both men and women’s rugby league in Ghana and hopefully in a couple of years we’ll see both play in a high level international tournament”.
He further threw light on the national team as they prepare for the Middle East Africa Rugby League tournament in 2022; “we will start training this thursday towards the Middle East Africa Rugby League champion next year, on the international level, when we start playing other African nations, our aim is to beat the number one team in Africa, and in the next five to ten years we fly up the world ranking.”
National Team Squad
Mensah John Bless – Accra Panthers
Moorkaar Jonas – Accra Panthers
Pearce-Biney William – Ghana Skolars
Annan Jordan -Ghana Skolars
Nartey David – Ghana Skolars
Amevor Richard – Ghana Skolars
Boateng Nana Kwesi – Ghana Skolars
Da Gama Chris -Ghana Skolars
Quaye Michael – Ghana Skolars
Mohammed Yakubu – Ghana Skolars
Alibah Riddick – Ghana Skolars
Acheampong Emmanuel – Ghana Skolars
Puman Oliver – Nungua Tigers
Agbemenu Anthony – Nungua Tigers
Adotey Jonathan – Nungua Tigers
Kwasi Akuamoah-Boateng – Bulls RLFC
Ofosu Collins – Bulls RLFC
Buabeng Martin Oko – Bulls RLFC
Sackey Nigel – Bulls RLFC
Geotrah Desmond – Bulls RLFC
The national team will begin training on Thursday, September 23, 2021, at the University of Ghana Ajax 1 field . The team will play against the Presidents XIII on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at the University of Ghana, Mensah Sarbah field at 2pm.
In rugby league, Ghana is ranked third (3rd) in Middle East Africa and thirty-third (33rd) in the world.