Congo-Rugby: recovery at all costs
The seaside, a makeshift playground for the rugby gamers of Pointe-Noire.
The match in opposition to the neighboring DRC could also be pleasant, on the facet of Brazzaville, we don’t intend to stint on the means to win the victory. “It will likely be a method for us to take our revenge on our brothers reverse, as a result of they beat us final September in Kinshasa“Guarantees Célestin Tanda, coach of Congo.
A promise that’s something however blissful. Each his males have already had two alternatives to precise their skills and sharpen their weapons. These embrace the “Rugby contact” event.
On the similar time, the “Doppel Seashore Rugby” was nonetheless performed within the financial capital, organized by the Departmental Rugby League in tribute to Jusmo Obambi, president of “Congalie Rugby Membership”, a membership from Pointe-Noire, who died unexpectedly on the finish of final November. ” A tribute that served as preparation for our athletes », Congratulates Célestin Tanda once more.
However even when the Congo has no worldwide competitions to arrange for, the sport is definitely worth the effort, as a result of “what issues is the revival of this sport which is struggling to return out of the shadows in our nation“, based on the reasons of Elbe Biscay Bidié-Bia Mbemba, president of FECORUG.
A rebirth that he intends to attain by first getting the violins in tune between his constituents and the establishments. Final December, some discontent simmered within the locker room. In query, a misunderstanding between the gamers and the leaders on the touchdown stage of Brazzaville, whereas they have been crossing the river for Kinshasa to be able to ship pleasant matches in opposition to their hosts.
“The president had organized a reunion on December 15, 2022 to clear up these current misunderstandings between the gamers and the leaders on the one hand and between the presidents of the golf equipment and the federation on the opposite. As a result of we won’t make projections on the longer term if we do not have the identical imaginative and prescient, if we go in scattered ranks“, explains Aziz Vincent Niambi-Malalou, technical director inside FECORUG.
This new group was hardly conceivable just a few months in the past. Particularly due to covid-19 which induced the suspension of sports activities actions within the nation for 2 years. “These restrictions needed to be revered, as a result of it was additionally for the well being of Congolese athletes.», justifies Aziz Vincent Niambi-Malalou.
It’s nevertheless on this context of inauspicious well being disaster that Elbe Biscay Bidié-Bia Mbemba was elected head of FECORUG. Even when it means delaying the execution of his agenda revealed throughout his election. Thus, tasks such because the common group of nationwide competitions and the common participation of the Crimson Devils in worldwide competitions couldn’t be carried out.
However these are additionally the funds that may have missed essentially the most. Lack of sponsors on this sector. “To prepare matches, it’s a must to hire taking part in areas, it’s a must to transfer the gamers. Mainly, the group of tournaments requires a robust mobilization of funds. Sadly we do not have it. We’re thus obliged to contribute to one another. Which isn’t straightforward, as a result of we ourselves are within the arduous“, Clarify Elbe Biscay Bidie-Bia Mbemba.
Funds that the issuing establishment has by no means mobilized. “An instance. Within the ministry’s specs (sports activities and youth, Editor’s observe)the division takes into consideration three headings within the federations of twoe class, these are: the coaching of coaches and technical officers, the popularization of youth sport and the competitors of youth groups. Sadly the ministry by no means honored its commitments. And in return it’s the federation that receives criticism from golf equipment, leagues and gamers. It’s sophisticated“Laments one other official of the federation.
And to assert:We would like the ministry to tackle these tasks as a accomplice and entity of Congolese sport.»
However with or with no ministry, FECORUG needs to revive rugby this 12 months. “It is a problem for us. We are going to handle with the means at hand. Just a few years in the past, we didn’t see the few actions that we’ve got simply carried out. Which means the revival machine is already in movement. There are nonetheless some changes to be made for us to launch nationwide competitions“Guarantees Bidié-Bia Mbemba.
Can we lastly hope for a renaissance of Congolese rugby? Tough to foretell with accuracy, solely the longer term will inform.