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NRFF Sad Over Exclusion From All Africa Games (allAfrica.com)

President of the Nigeria Rugby Football Federation, Sir Edward Pam Fom has expressed surprise at the last minute removal of the sport from events to feature at the 2015 All Africa Games scheduled for Congo next year.

Having already qualified for the games at the qualifiers in faraway Togo, Pam Fom wondered why the organisers allowed participating teams to waste their time and resources to prepare and play the qualifiers when there was no concrete plan for the sport which is fast becoming popular in Africa to feature at the Africa mega sports fiesta.

Similarly, the federation’s Technical Director, Fasimoye Olatunji, described the exclusion of the sport from the 50th edition of the Games as a devastating blow for the federation after their 2012 Commonwealth Games exclusion on the insistence of the National Sports Commission and the Nigeria Olympics Committee despite their qualification.

Fasimoye said the federation saw the AAG participation as a proper avenue to prepare for the 2016 Olympics Games qualifiers in South Africa later this year and also as a launch pad for the Black Stallions on the international scene.