Nigeria’s rugby team will tomorrow start their campaign at the African Cup holding in Botswana with an opening fixtures against Ivory Coast.
The squad made up of a blend of Foreign-based, spiced with some home-based players will also face Botswana and Mauritius in the other group games.
The tournament in Botswana is Nigeria’s first step in the qualification process leading to the IRB 2015 World Cup in England. Nigeria play in CAR’s Africa Group C1. The winners of the tournament in Botswana move up to Group B next year and if they win that go to Group A 2014. The winners of group A in 2014 go to the World Cup in London the next year.
Chairman of Nigeria Rugby Federation (NRF), Mr. Jide Afolabi described it as one dream for every rugby player and the one that motivates united team of young Nigerians.
Speaking in Ikoyi, Mr. Afolabi, said that while there are significant challenges to overcome the NRFF were confident the Nigerians would equip themselves well on the field. Nigeria play Mauritius, Cote d’Ivoire and the host nation Botswana in the tournament.
“We are sending a team of very talented players to Botswana, with guys playing their rugby here at home, in the UK and also in South Africa. We also have the best coaching staff and team management going as well.”
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African Rugby Cup: Nigeria play Ivory Coast tomorrow