Greater Accra Rugby Elects New Executives

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The Greater Accra Rugby Association (GARA) has elected Abdul Aziz Issah as its President at a congress held in Accra Tuesday.

Abdul Aziz Isaah polled nine votes out of 13 to beat his competitor Abdul Samad Said.

The newly elected President will run the affairs of the association for a four-year period.

The other executives’ positions went to Emmanuel Linford Owusu, General Secretary, Gifty Kukua Aggrey, Technical Director, Amuzuloh K. Abdul Salim and Public Relations Officer, Omar Sherif Captan.

Two executive members, Ako Wilson Rafiatu Inusah and the treasurer Nizar El- Aschkar all went unopposed and received a Yes from the delegates.

The GARA President said the executive team will work towards seeking sponsorship and other funding, develop rugby in schools and that of female Rugby and intensify Clubs and player welfare, in association with the Ghana Rugby Union Player Association (GRUPA).

Issah stressed on the need to develop Female Rugby, which hitherto has been neglected for some years, adding that, his team will place special emphasis on female rugby by encouraging the formation and recruitment of girls into a female rugby training programme.

To support and grow the sport, he pledged GH 5,000.00 to the GARA, saying that, “we are all aware that without funding nothing really works. I am quickly going to establish a task force to help in our fund raising activities.”

He said the elected members will devise strategies to address the protection and promotion of Rugby, its values and spirit, as well as increasing local participation of teams in Greater Accra and ensuring player welfare best practice.

He said they would also aim to maximise the value of all GARA properties, increasing sustainability and competitiveness of Greater Accra Rugby, optimizing national participation and providing strong and effective leadership.”

Isaah thanked the President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), Herbert Mensah, for the immense contribution he has made toward developing the sport since taking office in 2014.