Ghana won the friendly international match against Togo 17 – 0 at the Accra Festival held at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday 24 October 2015.
The match was part of a day of various matches that included a men 7s tournament, a ladies 7s match and a boys 7s match.
The festival started with an opening speech and inspection of teams by Mr. Chester Anie, the guest of honour. He graced the women 7’s match between Cosmos and Titans with the first inspection and shake of hands, the game started with thrilling quick runs and serious tackling from both sides.
With all expectations from the crowd in favour of Cosmos, it became a surprise when Abigail Dzameshie from Titans scored the first try. Unfortunately the conversion did not go through.
Cosmos, seeing the danger ahead scored 2 tries (Khadija and Sandra) before the halftime. On resumption, Cosmos scored 2 more tries (Georgina Nudziekpor and Anita Atieku) and it was not till the last minute that Titans scored their second try (Praise Dzogbewu). There were no successful conversions and the match ended 20-10 to Cosmos.
The men 7s was played between six teams including five teams from Accra namely Accra Sharks, Cosmos Buffaloes, Dansoman Hurricanes, Idas and Titans and one team from Cape Coast, Griffons with the following results:
Cosmos 34, Sharks 5
Titans 12, Idas 0
Cosmos 22, Hurricanes 0
Titans 12, Griffons 5
Hurricanes 17, Sharks 0
Idas 10, Griffons 0
Cosmos Buffaloes won the finals of the tournament by beating Titans 22 – 7.
An exciting boys 7s match between teams from Cosmos Buffaloes and Idas was won by the Cosmos Buffaloes team when they beat the Idas team.
The main feature of the day was the international friendly between Ghana and Togo. The teams came out of the change rooms and without any time to waste, they sang their respective national anthems while Mr. Anie again inspected the teams.
With massive support from the home crowd Ghana took the lead with a try from Michael Acquaye (Bruno) and a conversion by Rabiu Mohammed. Togo from then on did everything they could to prevent anymore tries but Ghana kept pushing till they got a penalty which was converted by Rabiu. Just after recess, Ghana scored another try (Theophilus Opai) and a conversion by Rabiu.
The match ended with a win by Ghana 17-0 Togo.
In his welcome address Mr Chester Anie, a public relations and brand management consultant, has called on the youth to get involved in rugby which is more profitable than engaging in social vices.
Mr Anie, who is a lawyer by profession, said rugby is not only about physical strength but also demands mental abilities, as well as teamwork which are important for personal development.
Mr. Abdul Aziz Issah, General Secretary of the GRFU, said the Ghana-Togo friendly was meant to establish a relationship with Togo and this, he revealed, would be extended to other West African countries.
Mr Steve Noi, Tournament Commissioner of the GRFU, also congratulated the winners and all participating clubs, and urged them to prepare adequately for the upcoming Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) slated to kick off in November.
The international friendly was arranged between the Presidents of Ghana and Togo Rugby, Mr. Herbert Mensah and Mr. Modeste Akassan, with the objective to strengthen cooperation in the development of Rugby in the West African regions.
Mr. Mensah, who is in London to attend the World Rugby General Assembly, said that he was delighted with the successful outcome of the Accra Rugby Festival and expressed the belief that it will grow from strength to strength.
“ I had fruitful discussions with other Presidents of West African Rugby about building on this foundation and foresee that regional cooperation in the interest of Rugby may soon be structured in a more formalised way,” Mr. Mensah said.
The Accra Festival was preceded by another successful men 7s tournament, the GRUPA (Ghana Rugby Union Players Association) 7s.
The Ghana Rugby Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) 2015/16 is scheduled to kick off in November and promises to produce exciting Rugby to spectators and intense rivalry between teams.