In This Exclusive Interview, Anambra Rugby Head Coach OSITA TONY MUOGBO who is also the former President of Rugby Players Association home and abroad bares his mind with JOSEPH ODOEKWU of SPORTS INTELLIGENCE MAGAZINE. The Coach Cum Comedian and Professional Master of Ceremonies is confidence about what the State is doing and spoke about the Anambra Rugby Team ahead of the forthcoming National Youth Games which comes up in Ilorin, Kwara State. The excerpts read.
Can we meet you?
I am Osita Tony Muogbo, a former player of Young Lions and Cowrie RFC of Lagos. I played professionally in China and Eastern Europe and also captained Nigeria’s Rugby National team popularly known as Black Stallion where I had over 50 international caps for the team. I was also the former Coach of Rivers State Rugby’s team and presently the Chief Coach of Five Times National Champions Cowrie Rugby Football Club and Anambra State Rugby team as well.
What does qualifying Anambra Rugby Team to represent the South East at the NYG mean to you?
Qualifying Anambra State to represent the entire South-East at the National Youth Games means so much to me, it is our debut and I am proud to be part of this history. I am from Anambra State, and I dedicate this qualification to the Chairman of Anambra State Sports Commission, the State Director of Sports, and all the Staff who stood by us and gave us ample assistance to enable be part of this historical feat. Second, this also shows that Anambra State is developing in Sports and Rugby gradually becoming a sport to reckon with in the State and the South-East as a whole. Again, the appointment of a dynamic and hardworking Princess Ugonwaezeh Aguguo as Chairman of the State Rugby Association, means that the sky is our starting point.
What are your expectations from the team at the NYG games?
Anambra State mission at the NYG is to win gold in Rugby. During my hey days, I won One Gold, Two silver and Two bronze medals as a Player at the Gateway games 2006 and Kada games 2009 for Edo and Rivers State respectively and can’t settle for anything less. I want to replicate that same winning spirit which I had as a player into the team. We want to bring Glory to our Anambrar State, and the players are responding well during training.
As head coach, what are you doing technically with your young squad?
Technically we are doing a lot and the fact that they are a young team is a boost for us. Some of the players are below 15, this may look somehow challenging but the positive thing is that we are so Committed to achieve success. I won’t want to reveal all our technical plans here before the games but the good thing is we are committed and looking forward to springing up surprise.
Rugby is not popular in Nigeria, what do you think should be done to popularize the sports?
Our plan is to popularize the sports through schools and as you know, ieducation remain a foundation in all communities today, so we hope to take the game to schools. We hope to train coaches on the Basic knowledge of the game and then Supervise them. Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes, so there is a place for everyone.
Do you see Anambra as a state which has what it takes to make a name from Rugby?
Anambra has all it takes to be the best Rugby playing state in the Country. One fact you must know is that most states who have been successful in Rugby in Nigeria have always had Anambra indigenes playing in their teams. Besides, most quality National team players in both male and female have indicated interest to join Anambra team ahead of the next Festival coming up in Delta State. Some ex-internationals from the State like Obinna Anyaegbunam first son of the CEO of Chisco Transport who was my former Team mate here in Lagos, Bobmanuel Muojekeu and host of others are willing to contribute to the growth and development of Rugby and sports in Anambra. So we are out to make a name through Rugby.
Thank you very much for making out time to talk with us
Thank you too for the opportunity.