Rugby league in Ghana has slowly been developing and the country has received a huge boost, with the Rugby Leauge European Federation granting Ghana official Observer status.
With their status now upgraded, the sport has its first official presence in West Africa. It was back in 2012 when the Ghana Rugby League was established with a board of directors.
The inaugural Board is: President â€“ Sylvester Wellington, Secretary â€“ Eric Sena Adjeye, Treasurer â€“ Alfred Attieku, Organizer â€“ Marshal Nortey, Sponsorship Coordinator â€“ Kofi Twumasi and Development Coordinator â€“ Mohammed Rufei.
One key player in the development has been Ghana rugby league President Sylvester Wellington, who believes the future of the sport is bright.
â€œBeing Observers of the RLEF is a good reward for our hard work,â€ Wellington said.
â€œBut we can’t wait to achieve much greater things together with them and such as UK Sport International. We will use this platform to achieve greater heights. The administrators and players who have come in contact with the sport have fallen in love with it.â€
The RLEF are also pleased for Ghana and their efforts, with Remond Safi, the Middle East Africa Regional Director, keen to see their development continue in the hope it inspires other African nations.
â€œIt has been a great experience working with GRL and seeing the rapid growth rugby league has gained there,” said Safi.
“Many other West African nations can also follow the path set by them.â€