Nasco Group returns to Rugby, joins Nigeria Rugby Football Union

Dapo Sotuminu

Sensational Nigerian rugby supporters which dominated the sport in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Nasco Group of companies has staged a big comeback to the sport that gave fame and popularity in Jos, Pleateau state nd across the country.



Nasco Group of companies, one of the largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies in the West Africa region, with headquarters in the heart of Nigeria, in Jos, Plateau State, did not just launch a return to the noble sport, but did so in style as they presented to Rugby lovers, the Nasco Rugby Club that would play in the Nigeria Rugby Football Union League.

Nasco, will also support the Nigeria Football Rugby Union with equipment and kits in an elaborate event in the Plateau state capital.






Nasco Group of companies scored a big point on their return to the sport, as they hosted a championship named after the company, the Nasco Cup under the affiliation with the Nigeria Rugby Football, which they believed would help achieve set goals to take Nigerian rugby to the next level under the leadership of the NRFU president, Sir Edward Pam Fom, backed by the very robust technical coordination of Tunji Fasimoye.

A series of first leg matches were played and others scheduled to be played at a planned date on home and away basis.

In one of the Nasco Cup first leg matches, played in Jos, home team Plateau Tigers defeated visiting Kaduna Crocodiles 33-12. In the second leg game, Kaduna Crocodiles will host the Plateau Tigers in Kaduna.

In other fixtures of the Nasco Cup, the Abuja Rugby Football club will host Royal Stallions of Kwara in the first leg of their game.

The Nasco Cup first leg game in Jos between Plateau Tigers and Kaduna Crocodile was watched by the president of the Nigeria Rugby Football Union, Sir Edward Pam Fom, the Plateau state Director of Sports, Mr. Simon Moven and the representative of Nasco Group of companies, Mr Amidu James

Nasco Group of companies launch Nasco Rugby Club in Jos Pleateau state
Photo NRFU Media

Today NASCO is the largest private employer and tax payer in Plateau State, and one of the largest private employers in all of northern Nigeria. Our company directly employs thousands of talented people across its various sites and offices, and indirectly sustains the employment and livelihood of hundreds of thousands more people across the nation.

NASCO Group is one of the largest Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) companies in the West Africa region. From our headquarters in the heart of Nigeria, the company manufactures and distributes an outstanding collection of popular brands across the food and household sectors. NASCO takes great pride in making superior products in a manner that is consistent with the highest standards of corporate behaviour. The company places consumers at the center of everything they do because the company stands for quality, innovation and value for money. Millions of people everywhere choose Nasco products to add a touch of quality to their lives.

Action from the Nasco Cup 1st leg Match between the Pleateau Tigers and Kaduna Crocodiles, the match saw Pleateau Tigers winning the excrucating game 33-12.
Photo NRFU Media

Rugby union was first introduced into Nigeria by the British empire. For a number of years the game was dominated by white settlers and expatriates, and to an extent, a number of expatriate oil workers still play there.

A number of Nigerian people have emigrated to the UK, and there is even a London Nigerian Rugby Club.

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