The Ghana Rugby Football Union (Ghana Rugby) underwent a transformative moment at its Elective Congress held in Cape Coast, Ghana. The Special (Elective) General Meeting (SGM) saw the election of a new Board, addressing the power vacuum left by the resignation of former President Mr. Herbert Mensah in August 2023.
The turbulence in Ghana Rugby’s administration, marked by legal challenges and the absence of key officials, prompted the Members of Ghana Rugby—comprising Clubs and Regional Associations—to convene the Congress to reconstitute the board.
Mr. Abdul–Aziz Issah, the newly elected President, emphasized the significance of the SGM in light of the evolving challenges facing Ghana Rugby. He expressed gratitude to the former President, Mr. Herbert Mensah, for his stewardship and pledged to leverage his experience.
The challenges outlined by Mr. Aziz for Ghana Rugby include increased competition in Rugby Africa Tournaments, a focus on domestic competitions, and the expansion of “Women in Ghana Rugby.” Additionally, the Union aims for a substantial expansion in youth development through the World Rugby “Get into Rugby” programme, enhanced training for coaches and match officials, and elevated governance and administration standards.
The newly constituted Board, approved at Congress, consists of:
Mr. Abdul–Aziz Issah: President, Board Chairman
Mr. Bismark Amponsah: General Secretary
Mr. Abdul Nasir Yusif Meizongo: Treasurer
Mr. Nukunu Apaloo: Tournament Director
Miss. Etisam Abubakar: Women Representative
Mr. Kobina Minta-Nyarku: Member
Mr. Michael Ako Wilson: Member
Mr. Samuel Apprey: Member
The Election, conducted and supervised by the Cape Coast Metropolitan Directorate of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, witnessed the dissolution of the previous Board constituted on February 4, 2020. The representative of the National Sports Authority (NSA) presided over the swearing-in of the new Board as approved at the Congress on December 15, 2023. The changes mark a new era for Ghana Rugby, with the reinvigorated leadership poised to tackle the upcoming challenges and propel the sport to new heights.