Ghana could become an affiliate member of the International Rugby League ©IRL

The Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) Board has recommended that Ghana be upgraded from an observer to affiliate member of the sport's world governing body, the International Rugby League (IRL).

If accepted, the Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) would become only the third African nation - following Nigeria and South Africa - to be given the affiliate status.

"We are extremely pleased to recommend Ghana's affiliate membership application, they have shown significant growth since 2018," said RLEF Board member Mahdi Choudhury.

"RLFG has increased domestic and international competition, coaching and match official development programmes, and vital community initiatives.

"Their acceptance would further strengthen the establishment of a proposed Middle East Africa Confederation."

Recently, the RLFG has been active in university sport and has begun to return to on-field activity after easing COVID-19 restrictions.

Nigeria is a recent addition as an affiliate member of the International Rugby League ©IRL
Nigeria is a recent addition as an affiliate member of the International Rugby League ©IRL

Clubs are now able to train in October and November before playing a friendly event in December.

RLFG has also helped lead a number of health programmes in the country and last week, in collaboration with Decathlon Ghana, took part in a breast cancer awareness programme dubbed "Women in Sports", organised in association with Pink October.

"Breast cancer is a serious problem that most people take for granted," said Rachel Ankomah, RLFG women's rugby league coordinator.

"This is our own way of giving back to the community: allowing them an opportunity to get checked and also be educated on breast cancer."

Some of the activities at the event included yoga, a health walk, talking about breasts, a women in sports show, aerobics, health screening and a game of touch rugby.

RLFG was recently part of an exercise supporting blood donation in Ghana.