In a smooth take off of the 2019 Nigeria Rugby Football Union season, under the able leadership of Sir Edward Pam Fom, at the weekend, flagged off the season successfully with the Edward Pam Fom-sponsored Season Game Cup that saw home team Plateau Tigers hosted Zaria Rugby Football Club.
It was the first leg cracker of a two-legged competition played at the Polo Field, Jos, Plateau state capital. The second will be played in Zaria, the home of the Zaria RFC in the next three weeks.
In the pulsating game watched by a capacity crowd, the Plateau Tigers defeated Zaria RFC 15-10, to gain advantage ahead of the second leg game which would determine the winner of the EPF Season Game Cup.
A very excited president of the Nigeria Rugby Football Union said after the match that officially opened the 2019 season where series of Game Cups would be won in accordance with the regulations of the Union since the NRFU does not play a national league: “It was a pleasant surprise to see the caliber of players that travelled down from Zaria just to fulfill their passion. The most interesting part of the whole thing is that, these are some of the best clubs in Nigeria and they are happy returning to action again in a situation devoid of any form of politics or rancor.”
Seven top clubs will feature in the Edward Pam Fom Investments’ Season Game Cup 2019. They are the Plateau Tigers, Eko Islanders, Zaria Elephants, Abuja RFC, Hanwa Spiders, Kaduna Crocodiles and Ilorin Stallions.
These are the seven clubs of the Nigeria Rugby Football Union.
According to the NRFU president, Sir Edward Pam Fom: “The format for the 2019 Season Game Cups would see each of the seven clubs play each other on home and away basis to emerge champions of different cups.
Just on Saturday, June 15, Plateau Tigers RFC just played the Edward Pam Fom Investments’ Season Game Cup’s first leg. The second leg will produce a winner based on the two legs cumulative points and goal aggregate.
“Zaria will go ahead to play Kaduna Crocodiles RFC in a two-legged encounter for another cup. The idea is for every club to play all other clubs so as to have the opportunity to win several cups in a season.
“The club with the most cups or winning points at the end of a playing season will play in the West Africa Challenge against top clubs from Ghana, Togo or Senegal for a championship game.
In the Nigeria Rugby Football Union Season Game Cups, a win is 4 points, a draw attracts 2 points while a loss is one point.