President of Ghana Rugby demands accountability over missing funds

HM IRB TrainingThe president of the Ghana Rugby Association Herbert Mensah has revealed that an amount of fourteen thousand Ghana cedis allocated to the association by the Ministry of Youth and Sports cannot be traced.

(NOTE: The actual missing amount is 185,240 Ghana cedis)

The amount covers money released for the sporting event for a four year period but said to be missing.

Herbert Mensah who was recently elected the president of Ghana Rugby Association tells Joy Sports he will be demanding accountability for the money.

“The mere fact that it is a minority sport, we exist; have they done enough, definitely not, have they been serious about it, no they are not; what are their plans, I am sure they don’t even have any, let’s be frank about it. In four years, Ghana Rugby has received about 14,760 cedis, we have to do auditing.

“We need to ask the minister and National Sports Association where is our money. If the minister has disbursed it and it should come to the Ghana Rugby, where is the money?”

Meanwhile the Ghana Rugby Association has ended a two-week training programme for 20 selected coaches across the country.

The event in association with the International Rugby Board (IRB) and the Olympic Solidarity Fund was aimed at improving the quality of rugby coaching in the country.

Mr. Mensah says the association will meet next month to develop a blueprint for the sport.

This historic event has been made possible by the IRB who sponsored the cost of a Certified IRB Trainer from South Africa, Mr. David Dobela. The cost of training was also sponsored by Olympic Solidarity Fund under the auspices of the Ghana Olympic Committee.

IRB Training 1Mr. David Dobela is currently the Caretaker Head Coach of Border Academy in South Africa and has qualified as Level 2 Coaching Trainer in 2010.

He has also been involved in coaching for the South African National Team, the Springboks.

Mr. David Dobela is optimistic rugby in Ghana will grow soon.

He recommended the appointment of a director for the Ghana Rugby Association who will work with the technical director and technical team to build the technical knowledge of the various national teams.

“Rugby is a dynamic sport, it changes almost every season. Also we need to lay a path where can be able to educate the coaches and players to develop them into the elite path so that they can be able to play for the national team.”

Source: Myjoy Online

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