The president of Rugby Africa Abdelaziz Bougja, said on Wednesday evening in Casablanca, that he symbolically chose his own country, Morocco, to hand over the reins of the pan-African organisation after 17 years of service at its head, on the occasion of the elective assembly scheduled for the 2nd March in Marrakech.
According to a release by APO Group, the choice of Morocco was prompted by several considerations, including ‘an effort to strengthen the links between the various entities of national rugby and to ensure their stability and progress, while consolidating relationships between the African fraternity’, the former president of the Royal Moroccan Rugby Federation (FRMR) explained during a press conference.
The next general assembly will feature the presence of eminent international sporting figures and former presidents of the FRMR, added Bougja, who has directed Rugby Africa for the past 17 years.
He said he was ‘proud’ of what he has accomplished at the head of the continental confederation through ‘work and perseverance’, in particular the focus on ‘transparency and credibility’, the increased training sessions (coaches, referees, doctors and managers) and the increase in the number of players to 1 million.
‘Throughout these 17 years, Rugby Africa has never experienced a budget deficit, on the contrary, it has mainly shown surpluses,’ he said, adding that the budget of the organisation has increased from 80 thousand to $ 3 million.
FRMR President, Taher Boujouala is delighted that the 13th Elective General Assembly of Rugby Africa will be held in the Kingdom, considering this to be ‘a matter of great satisfaction for Moroccans and an affirmation of the policy of openness and cooperation on the continent.’
He took the opportunity to formalise the appointment of Nasser Bougja, brother of the president of Rugby Africa, as the representative of Morocco on the executive committee, in light of his ‘experience and level of responsibility as well as his ability to defend Morocco’s honour.’
In advance of the elective assembly scheduled for the 2nd March, the city of Marrakech will host, over three days, meetings of the Executive Committee of Rugby Africa, training sessions and an extraordinary general meeting.