Women’s rugby league in Ghana is certainly on the rise making huge strides not only nationally but internationally as well, with Women’s Coordinator of the Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG), Rachel Ankomah, as its main driving force.
This has led to the popular rugby league administrator receiving a number of appointments internationally including a role with the Middle East-Africa’s (MEA) Women and Girls Advisory Group and a hinted appointment with the International Rugby League (IRL).
With all of these on her plate, the Women’s Coordinator will definitely be in need of an equally capable assistant to back her up, and the RLFG believe they have found the right lady for the job in the person of 24-year-old Judith Edinam Yengbe.
“This comes to me as a big honour, I am very privileged to be given this position and I didn’t expect it, I actually didn’t expect that I would be given the position but thanks be to God and thanks to all those who found me worthy to pick up the position. I am truly humbled and I am grateful.” Judith said in an exclusive interview with The Pressbox.
So, what does the incoming Assistant Women’s Coordinator bring to the table? Well, the young and bright-eyed Judith revealed that she has a few ideas and is looking to use her experience which includes working as a Research Assistant (RA) at Legon Center for International Affairs and Diplomacy, University of Ghana (UG) to good use.
“I think I have some experience that may be useful to the Rugby League Federation in Ghana and I also have the interest in women at heart and so for me to be able to work closely with the Women’s Coordinator to ensure that the welfare of the women’s wing is catered for, I think it’s a big plus for me.”
“I will apply the skills and the knowledge I have with regards to women and I have a few ideas that I would like to bring on board and I am willing to be some encouragement or inspiration for many other women who are playing and who are not in the game but would like to play.” Judith further stated
With Ghana’s Women Rugby League getting so much attention globally the new Assistant Women’s Coordinator believes she and her team can handle any pressure that is brought to their doorstep “We can handle it, we have a team of highly motivated and qualified experts in that regard and to managing the fame and the recognition shouldn’t be any work at all for us. I think already we are gaining some attention and we are managing it quite well, so we can deal with it when it comes.”
The future of Women’s Rugby League in Ghana seems bright, with 5 clubs already set up and advanced plans to hold the first-ever National Women’s Rugby League Championships in 2021 alongside the appointment of capable, dedicated and experienced individuals to run the ship, the sky truly is the limit for the sport in the country.