1. Out Now:

    Here it is - the latest edition of The Front Row, our exclusive online e-magazine with a full wrap on last weekend's NRL & NRLW along with the match programme for the coming weekend of action in the NRL Finals, NRLW, Challenge Cup, Super League, NZRL and the Toulouges Nines!

    In this week's edition Paul Jobber goes one-on-one with retired NRL match official Gavin Badger, Rick Edgerton looks at some of the legendary halves pairings as Penrith pair Nathan Cleary & Jarome Luai ascend to potential greatness, and we look at a world of rugby league this coming weekend with Steve Mascord.

    Add to that all the regular features you've come to expect - a full NRL Finals Week 3, NRLW Round 3, Challenge Cup Final, Super League Round 16, NZRL Premiership and Toulouges Nines programme - and you have one fantastic 36-page magazine for your weekend's reading!

    EDITION 21 - OUT NOW!

    Guest, click here to read online or download your free PDF copy

MEA Championship 2020

Discussion in 'International' started by yakstorm, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. yakstorm

    yakstorm Bench

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2003
    Messages:
    3,805
    Likes Received:
    729
    Source: RLEF Media Release

    Lebanon will return, alongside 2019 holders Nigeria, runners-up Morocco and hosts South Africa, to compete in this year’s Middle East Africa Championship, which will be held in Pretoria in the autumn.

    The Cedars, who will only select players from their domestic competition – something they previously did at home to Italy in the 2017 Mediterranean Cup - last participated in the MEA Championship in 2015, defeating South Africa in both matches to qualify for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

    The LRLF is still planning to launch their local championship later this month despite civil unrest in the country which has prevented other Lebanese sporting federations from running their competitions.

    Lebanon RL CEO Nayef Abi Said, commented: “We are looking forward to participating again in the MEA Championship, it will provide an opportunity for our Lebanese championship players to further prepare for RLWC 2021 as part of the LRLF’s new strategy to expand and strengthen the domestic game.”

    Nigeria defeated Morocco 38-10 in Lagos to lift the MEA title last year - Ghana beating Cameroon 10-4 to claim third spot, and NRLA general manager Ade Adebisi noted: “Having been crowned champions of Africa last year, the next step is to test ourselves against previous World Cup entrants and established members in Lebanon and South Africa. This is what sport is all about, year-on-year improvement and a chance to evaluate ourselves at new levels. Domestically this is a real catalyst for Nigeria Rugby League to improve all aspects of our competition.”

    Morocco RL president, Yamina Abdesselem, said: “We are delighted to playing once again in the MEA Championship. We have a lot of domestic presence including a club competition, World Cup promotion, school activity and an U19s international planned. Everything is geared towards strengthening our national team in a sustainable way and our preparations for this year’s MEA Cup will be much stronger as a result.”
     
    paulmac and Coastbloke like this.
  2. adamkungl

    adamkungl Immortal

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2005
    Messages:
    42,873
    Likes Received:
    6,423
    That's a really strong 4 nations they've got there. Nigeria will be hard pressed to beat Lebanon and South Africa to retain their title.

    Wonder what's in the works for Ghana and Cameroon though. Hopefully there's a B level tournament or home-and-away and maybe the winner can be promoted into the 2022 edition. As RLIF members they should be given the same opportunities to compete.
     
    Green_ and paulmac like this.
  3. siv

    siv Bench

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    4,632
    Likes Received:
    791
    Like to see Ghana, Cameroon and Kenya playing games
     
  4. yakstorm

    yakstorm Bench

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2003
    Messages:
    3,805
    Likes Received:
    729
    The IRL plan that was talked about at the Sydney Conference outlined plans for a MEA Championship B & C, however these were talked about as more 2022 events.

    With Burundi, DRC, Kenya and Cameroon all running regular competitions, plus Ethiopia, Palestine, Libya & Sierra Leone all being RLEF members, 3 divisions of 4 wouldn't be hard to fill.... Unfortunately I bet it will all come down to cost and lack of budget.
     
    paulmac likes this.
  5. Foreign Legion

    Foreign Legion First Grade

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2012
    Messages:
    8,736
    Likes Received:
    4,518
  6. adamkungl

    adamkungl Immortal

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2005
    Messages:
    42,873
    Likes Received:
    6,423
    Does the IRL have some obligation to hold meaningful tournaments for member nations though?
    Even if it's a pretty small home-away kind of thing like the Euro D's.
     
  7. Pommy

    Pommy Coach

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2015
    Messages:
    14,290
    Likes Received:
    5,856
    I’m sure there’s all kinds of issues running a competition across this region.
    Cost is sure to be a big deal. I remember an interview with the head of one of these nations making the comparison to Europe, Africa just doesn’t have the budget airlines or freedom of movement. To travel by road could take a considerable amount of time and has potential visa issues in multiple countries. Also if I remember correctly one of the teams got robbed travelling to the MEA championships last time.
     
  8. yakstorm

    yakstorm Bench

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2003
    Messages:
    3,805
    Likes Received:
    729
    For sure, Africa is also a lot bigger than Europe plus you have the fun issue where citizens from certain countries cannot cross into certain other countries... Something that doesn't really exist (or to the same extent) in Europe these days.

    It was poor Cameroon who were robbed, among other things, in the last tournament.
     
  9. yakstorm

    yakstorm Bench

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2003
    Messages:
    3,805
    Likes Received:
    729
    When they said Autumn, they must have been talking Northern Hemisphere autumn... proposed dates for MEA Championship:

    October 24:
    • South Africa v Morocco
    • Lebanon v Nigeria
    October 31:
    • MEA Final
     
    adamkungl likes this.
  10. deluded pom?

    deluded pom? Coach

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2003
    Messages:
    10,897
    Likes Received:
    1,311
    You mean there's more than one Autumn!!!
     
  11. siv

    siv Bench

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    4,632
    Likes Received:
    791
    Well it could be Mar to May as that is South African autumn

    So same 2 week structure as

    2 winners playoff
     

Share This Page