After a keenly contested election at the Annual General Assembly of the Northern Nigeria Rugby Football Association which took place at the NNRFA head quarters in Kaduna on the 18th of March 2017, Richard Abrackson emerged as the Coordinator of the association after defeating Umar Bawu by one vote to claim the position from Abdullahi Muhammed who voluntary stepped down after his tenure, Abubakar Yaro was elected as the secretary unopposed while Eusebius Yayock retained his appointment as the Technical Director following a reappointment motion moved by The representative of Plateau State Sir Edward Fom who is also currently the president of the NRFF.
Col. Ibrahim Biu who is the Chairman of the Kaduna State Rugby Association was appointed as the NNRFA Grand Patron at the event which had all twelve northern rugby clubs present.
The newly elected Coordinator of the association Richard Abrackson, acknowledge the good job of his predecessor and mentioned that he will continue from where he stopped to ensure that northern rugby being the oldest in the country will continue to set good precedents for the sport in Nigeria, he also commended the recent board of the NRFF for their impressive performance most especially for initiating and staging the 2017 edition of the Super Cup in the north for the first time.
The retained technical director of the association Eusebius Yayock expressed gratitude on his reappointment, he stated that he will continue to ensure that the activities of the northern clubs are well documented and technically organised in order to meet the standard of the NRFF, he also used the medium to clarify his letter to the federation at the just concluded NRFF congress in Lagos saying
“I would like to make a clear disclaimer from a notion going round, that I was working for some interest person or group. What I said was my personal opinion, with no prejudice against the NRFF or its leadership. For whatever reason certain people chose to take advantage of my comments for cheap publicity or their ill motive, I hereby state that I was acting on my own and my intentions has always been for good, and also towards development of the game of rugby in Nigeria. My Apology goes to the Federation/Leadership of NRFF if my comments were taken wrongly”.
In attendance: Representing Kaduna State: Kaduna RFC, Zaria RFC, Sabon Gari RFC & Kaduna State Rugby Team, Representing Abuja: Abuja RFC & Richard RFC, Representing Kano State: Barewa RFC & Kano State Rugby Team, Representing Plateau: Jos RFC & Plateau State Rugby Team, Representing Nassarawa: Nassarawa RFC & Nassarawa State Rugby Team, Representing Zaria: Zaria RFC