Richard Abrackson has emerged has been elected Coordinator of the Northern Nigeria Rugby Football Association following his election at the Annual General Assembly of the body in Kaduna last Saturday.
Abrackson defeated his opponent, Umar Bawu, by one vote in a keenly contested election to take over the mantle of leadership from Abdullahi Muhammed who voluntarily stepped aside after one tenure.
The assembly returned Abubakar Yaro unopposed to serve as Secretary while Eusebius Yayock retained his appointment as the Technical Director following a reappointment motion moved by the representative of Plateau State and current President of the NRFF, Sir Edward Fom.
Col. Ibrahim Biu who is the Chairman of the Kaduna State Rugby Association was appointed as the NNRFA Grand Patron at the event which had twelve Northern rugby clubs in attendance.
Abrackson, in his acceptance speech, acknowledged the good job done by his predecessor, Abdullahi Muhammed, and promised to continue from where he stopped to ensure that Northern rugby being the oldest in the country will continue to set good precedence for the sport in Nigeria.
He also commended the current board of the NRFF for their impressive performance most especially for initiating and staging the 2017 edition of the Super Cup in the North for the first time in Nigeria’s rugby history.
The retained Technical Director of the association, Eusebius Yayock who also expressed gratitude on his reappointment assured that he will continue to ensure that the activities of the Northern clubs are well documented and technically organized in order to meet the standard of the NRFF.
Yayock used the medium to clarify his letter to the federation at the just concluded NRFF congress in Lagos in which he explained the misperception that he was working for some other interest group or persons.
“What I said was my personal opinion, with no prejudice against the NRFF or its leadership. For whatever reason certain persons chose to take advantage of my comments for cheap publicity or ill motive. I hereby state that I was acting on my own and my intentions has always been for good, passion and development of the game of rugby in Nigeria. My apology goes to the federation and leadership of NRFF if my comments were taken wrongly,” he submitted.
Represented at the AGM were Kaduna RFC, Zaria RFC, Sabon Gari RFC, Kaduna State Rugby Team, Abuja RFC, Richard RFC, Barewa RFC, Kano State Rugby Team, Jos RFC, Plateau State Rugby Team, Nassarawa RFC and Nassarawa State Rugby Team.