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Sierra Leone gains recognition from Rugby League European Federation

NOVEMBER 17, 2014 By Sahr Morris Jnr

The recently formed Sierra Leone Ruby League Federation has officially been recognized by the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF).

Sierra Leone now joins other West African nations – Ghana and Nigeria – that have been granted observer status by the RLEF.

According to Eurosports, RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins said the recognition came after the level of achievement the sport has made in the country despite the current Ebola crisis in the country.

“Given the current circumstances in Sierra Leone, the achievement is even more notable and it is a credit to the organisation that it continues furthering the sport’s interests in extremely difficult conditions,”Watkins was quoted by Euro sports.

Already, president of the Sierra Leone Rugby League Federation, Charbel Raad, has put together a dedicated team in Freetown which has been supported by Wales Rugby League (WRL) through a development partnership with the Welsh Assembly.

“We are proud to be a member of the RLEF,” said Raad. “Sport has been a binding element for the local beach boys, college and school students, bringing them together every Sunday to practise, play and enjoy a little competition together.”