Six Countries Threaten To Leave CAR!

Dec 27, 2010

Six member countries from the Southern Zone of the Africa Rugby Confederation (CAR) have hinted at pulling out of the umbrella body and forming an alternative grouping following disputed annual general meeting in Accra, Ghana on December 11, 2010.

A document titled “The 2010 CAR General Assembly Meeting Strategy - Concerns and Critical Success Factors” which has been copied to the International Rugby Board (IRB) has been signed by Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda Rugby Unions. 

The five-page document chronicles what the signatories believe are the root problem at CAR and asks pertinent questions whether CAR serves the interests of the affiliates. The way forward is the clarion call and urges CAR to have a strong foundation based on respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence.

The disgruntled Unions collectively stated in part: “That means if CAR Exco doesen’t serve the interest of all member Unions equitably, then certain member Unions maybe left with no option but consider setting up a viable grouping in where they shall continue furthering the development of the game in their environs; giving the children and youth meaningful future in the sport..... Therefore, our future association with CAR is dependent on the holistic consideration of our concerns.”

The signatories identified four key areas which need immediate attention. These are: Governance, Administration and Finance, Operations and Development.  If applied properly, they  could change the fortunes of CAR in the next four years. Collective rather than partisan management of CAR affairs holds the key to the success on implementation of the above. Dialogue with member Unions is paramount to any mediation efforts to reconcile the Unions.

Incase CAR executive continues to ignore the concerns raised, there is a possibility of the signatories forming a grouping.

They stated in part:  “That means if CAR Exco doesen’t serve the interest of all member Unions equitably, then certain member Unions maybe left with no option but consider setting up a viable grouping..... Therefore, our future association with CAR is dependent on the holistic consideration of our concerns.”


The six Unions jointly offered remedial strategies to the concerns raised.

Governance: They suggested amendment of the Constitution to clearly define Northern and Southern Zone members which will determine venues for the general meeting. A a four-year strategic plan that focuses on the objectives of CAR, proper constitution of the General Assembly, structuring the leadership of CAR to reflect the diversity of member Unions.

Administration and Finance:  The immediate solution according to the Unions is to set up a sponsorship strategy to obtain revenue to support CAR activities, projects and development programmes; Draw up a budget that supports CAR activities and set up a functional secretariat and align its operations to professionally meet the strategic plan.

Operations and Competitions: Suggestions made towards a remedy was by using the IRB rankings to pit the best against the best rather that a geographical grouping resulting into a senior men 15’s Africa championship every four years in a properly bidded for host Union, establishing an all-gender 7’s circuit of five annually in a properly bidded for host Unions and ensuring competitive age-grade (under-19) annual championship.

Development: They would like to see the provision of professional and management training or match officials, coaches, medical personnel, and administration.  

Eric Odanga

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