NRFF President Hopeful of Olympic Qualification

Edward Pam Fom, the President, Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) on Wednesday said he was confident the country would qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Nigeria is in Pool B with Zimbabwe, Zambia and Uganda of the Olympics qualifier scheduled to run from Nov. 13 to Nov.14 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Pam Fom who spoke in Lagos while reacting to the countries grouped in Pool B, noted that the ranking of countries would not determine the teams to qualify.

"We have prepared to go and give the qualifier our best. The ball is oval in shape and that makes it more difficult to predict who will win. We are currently ranked 11 in Africa, Zimbabwe is three. To me, the rankings will not decide, it is the day and we pray that we have a good day.

"We are hopeful that we will qualify because of the confidence that our players have been exhibiting in the competition," he said.

He noted that the board agreed to use only 30 percent foreign-based players with 70 per cent home-based at the competition.

"We decided that we will try to invite our foreign-based players because they have been appealing that they want to represent the country. So, we decided to make the team consist more of local-based players. Mixing the home-based players with the foreign ones will be good for their development," he said.