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Rugby Africa President defends previous executive over hosting 2022 Africa Cup in France

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The President of Rugby Africa, Herbert Amponsah Mensah, has issued a strong statement defending the organization’s former leadership after facing criticism over the decision to host the 2022 Rugby Africa Cup in France.

The response comes after a recent article published by Ghsportnews accused former Rugby Africa President Khaled Babbou and respected Executive Committee members, including Elvis Tano, Rolande Boro, and Herman Mbonyo, of perpetuating a “neo-colonial mindset” in their hosting choice.

In his statement, Mensah vehemently denounced the accusations as “baseless attacks” that misrepresent the thoughtful and strategic decision-making process behind hosting the continental tournament in France. He emphasised that the decision was made collectively by a diverse Executive Committee, with representatives from several African nations, aimed at promoting the sport and providing the best environment for athletes.

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“It is crucial to acknowledge the significant contributions of these individuals to the growth and development of Rugby Africa,” Mensah’s statement read.
“Their dedication and efforts have laid a solid foundation for the sport’s future success on the continent.”

The Rugby Africa President called upon to issue a formal correction and apology for the “unfounded accusations,” stressing the media’s responsibility to uphold the principles of fair and balanced reporting.

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The strongly-worded statement defends the reputations of the former executive members and maintains that their decision was made with the best interests of the sport and athletes in mind, rather than being motivated by any “neo-colonial mindset” as alleged.
As the 2024 and 2025 editions of the Rugby Africa Cup are set to be hosted by Uganda, the controversy highlights the ongoing debates and complexities surrounding the development and governance of rugby across the African continent.

The news portal has however apologised for the article and its unfounded accusations.

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