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Nigeria Rugby League is driven forward by a team of quality professionals that has experience in multiple markets.

OUR COACH

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JOE
MBU

Joe Mbu also known by the nickname of “Big Joe”, is a former rugby league coach and professional player. Mbu played for the London Broncos/Harlequins RL in the Super League. He is a former coach of the London Skolars.

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JOE
MBU

Joe Mbu also known by the nickname of “Big Joe”, is a former rugby league coach and professional player. Mbu played for the London Broncos/Harlequins RL in the Super League. He is a former coach of the London Skolars.

OUR SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM

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CHAIRMANABIODUN OLAWALE-COLE

Abiodun is an avid rugby fan passionate about growing Rugby league in Nigeria. Abiodun played 1st team Rugby League at Loughborough University, American football for North of England students and Derby university before returning to London to play rugby union for Mill Hill and London Nigeria rugby teams.

In his free time, he plays touch rugby and flag American football in Lagos Nigeria whilst working full time in consumer market research. In his capacity of chairman of the NRLA Abiodun is tasked with steering the team in the right direction by growing Rugby league in Nigeria and putting the national team on the radar on a world stage.

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VICE CHAIRMAN & G.M.ADE ADEBISI

Ade Adebisi General Manager and Vice President of Nigeria Rugby League is an ex professional rugby league player who has made appearances for teams such as the London Broncos, Skolars, Whitehaven, Featherstone Rovers, Doncaster and Hull FC.  Ade’s previous experience had been in senior management at Wilson James UK responsible for securing vital contracts,a key driver at Tobat Industries Lagos as operations director and a founding partner of Provectus Global resources. He is also the U.K ambassador of the sickle cell society.

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COMMERCIAL DIRECTORCHIEKEZI

Chiekezi is a Telecoms and IT Sales professional with over 20 years of experience in the corporate world.

He has worked for and consulted for several leading multinational firms within Nigeria and on the continent.

Chiekezi was an all out rugby fanatic having represented his schools, University and County at 1st XV Rugby.

Chiekezi was also a founding member of the London Nigerian Rugby Football Club in the United Kingdom where he played in the 1st XV till he quit the sport.

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CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICERSESUGH YAJI

Sesugh Yaji is a director in one of Nigeria’s fastest growing renewable energy companies. With proficient skills in management, and inborn talent gained from his experience in the construction industry as a real estate developer.

Sesugh brings a seamless process to every field he works in. An eye for detail and knowing the “key thing” combined with passion and charisma make him an avid developer of businesses.

He has skills and strategies in developing ideas and has the vision to make Nigeria one of the major hosts of the rugby tournament on the globe.

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DIRECTOR OF STRATEGYMICHAEL OGUNBIYI

Michael is a former rugby player with over 20 years of experience.

A co-founder of the University of London Rugby League team in 1991/92 and played Rugby leave for 2+ years before setting up a Rugby Union club (London Tribes) which competed in the Middlesex leagues.

A partner at the boutique investment bank, Whitehall Capital Partners Ltd, responsible for the risk management and financial advisory business as well as the overall operations of the company. He also serves on the Board of EDC Securities Limited ( a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated).

Michael is also an owner of a restaurant and lounge bar Escobar in Lagos.

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MARKETING DIRECTORYEMI BAKRE

With a degree in Marketing Management and Information Technology, Yemi has worked with various global companies in many industries to help harness solutions and build business success. She brings her experience to the league as Head of Marketing.

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DIRECTOR OF RUGBYOLUWASEGUN BENSON

Oluwasegun Benson is the current Director of Rugby.

A retired rugby player who played with clubs like the British Airways WINGSPAN, Crawley Sussex, East London Rugby club Div 2, Red Sox, in Stratford, Racing RFC. Former coach of Lagos RFC.

The founder of Rugby league club Lagos Mariners RLC and coaches several primary schools in Nigeria.

He is now currently the CEO Phosgard Fumigants Nig ltd an Environmental company based in Lagos, Nigeria.  Brings a wealth of experience and passion for Rugby League to grow in Nigeria.

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GENERAL MANAGER OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENTEMEKA UKOME

Emeka Ukome is currently the Chairman of Rugby in Delta State. He pioneered schools rugby in Nigeria in primary and secondary schools in 1999 under the Hawksters Rugby Club, the first rugby playing schools where St Saviours school Ikoyi and Ansar Ud Deen Grammar School.

He also pioneered the first school’s tournament in Nigeria which took place in 2001 at the National Stadium with subsequent annual events held at the British International School. It was held successfully for 5yrs.

He has also served the role as Head Coach and coordinator for Addax Rugby Club which was sponsored by Addax Petroleum and was set up as a tool using rugby as a catalyst to help disadvantaged children from the streets and deprived states like the Niger Delta where kids live on less than a dollar a day. The Club was set to give a voice to the voiceless to make them heroes

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SECRETARYIFECHUKWU ACHIFE

Bringing her creativity and commitment to
structure and organisation to ensuring smooth processes.

Offduty she is a landscape photographer and writer.

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