Speaking to the Media after Ghana had thrashed Benin 46-5 in the opening game of the three nation Rugby Africa Regional Challenge he commended The Eagles and challenged them to play harder and better against the Togolese who will come in stronger than the Squirrels of Benin.
He was sad that the government of Ghana had not contributed to the international tournament taking place at the Accra sports stadium, and had to seek support from private sources and corporate sponsorship.
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Looking further beyond the RARC, Mr. Mansah said The Eagles are waiting for the 2018 Commonwealth Games organisers to show them the qualification process.
He stressed that the best Rugby nations in the world are in the Commonwealth, naming countries like New Zealand, Australia, Fuji, South Africa, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland who are rated among the best in the world.
The man who was wearing Number 24 of the Ghana national jersey said: “Commonwealth Games Rugby is the same as the Olympics Games or the competition is even higher and Ghana is going to be ready to rub shoulders with the best of the world”.
“Our current goal is to take care of our physicality, fitness, mental preparation and technical tactical ability to be in top shape and ready for any serious competition” he expressed.
Mr. Ben Nunoo Mensah, President of the Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) who was at the stadium to support the Ghana team together with his Secretary General Richard Akpokavie and Nana Mankata, an executive board member of the GOC, all expressed optimism that Ghana Sports would be better, but people must be prepared to sacrifice by working hard, because the nation is behind in preparation of athletes for competition, and this time round with a change in leadership, things must change positively to enhance the search for gold at international competition.
Benin will play Togo on Wednesday in the second Group Game and they must improve their game if they want to win the 2017 RARC which has brought some international Rugby players and officials to Accra.
By Sammy Heywood Okine