IRL - Nigeria and Ghana Rugby League awarded Affiliate Membership

26th November 2020

The Annual General Meeting of International Rugby League (IRL) has confirmed the elevation of Nigeria Rugby League Association (NRLA) and Rugby League Federation of Ghana (RLFG) to affiliate membership. Both nations have undergone a rigorous process to satisfactorily demonstrate the growth of their organisation and their capacity to deliver rugby league programmes. These are the first two nations in the Middle East Africa (MEA) region to achieve affiliate membership and further illustrates the progress being made by the sport in the region.

NRLA Vice-President, Ade Adebisi said: "We were pleased to receive the votes confirming NRLA as an Affiliate Member of International Rugby League. This is motivating news for all of us at NRLA. Our target is to qualify for the world cup in 2025 and achieve full membership status. I would like thank Remond Safi and our entire team for making this a reality."

Kareem Captan, RLFG General Secretary commented: "This marks a significant milestone in our journey towards participation in RLWC2025 and obtaining full membership. It reflects the ardent dedication of our team and players and the gracious and enduring support we have been so fortunate to receive from our sponsors, partners, and stakeholders and we thank them all."

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