President of Ghana Lacrosse Association, Rufus Agyei Ntiamoah has been elected as the first president of the newly formed Africa Association of Lacrosse (AAL).
The Africa Association of Lacrosse (AAL) was set up to support the growing participation in the sports of lacrosse across the face of Africa. The AAL was established as part of Lacrosse for All: Africa, an initiative started by World Lacrosse in early 2020 to rapidly develop lacrosse on the African continent.
The AAL was formalized in a meeting attended by leaders from each of Africa's four existing National Federations (Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda). During the session in Baltimore, the AAL's constitution and bylaws were created, and the federation's first president - Rufus A. Ntiamoah of Ghana Lacrosse - was unanimously elected. Additional participants in an observational capacity were representatives from two emerging lacrosse nations Nigeria and Rwanda.
World Lacrosse CEO Jim Scherr said: “This is a seminal moment for the sport. Through our Lacrosse for All: Africa initiative – graciously supported by the IOC – our growth in Africa has been tremendous, and we now have incredible momentum following our recent meetings and the formation of the AAL. With critical leadership at the board level in this area driven by President Sue Redfern and Development Director Bob DeMarco, as well as ongoing engagement from our staff and the global lacrosse community, this sport has become truly universal with broad international appeal, factors that also bode well on our Olympic journey.”
AAL President Rufus Ntiamoah said: "I am so pleased to be selected for this role and humbled by the trust AAL members have in me to serve the organization. I look forward to the collaboration of our members to continue to develop the sport of lacrosse in Africa."
The president of AAL, Rufus Ntiamoah shall oversee the completion of the federation's strategic plan as well as the seating of the remainder of the board of directors. This shall be followed by an official application to serve as a World Lacrosse Continental Federation Member.
Official announcement on the formation of the Africa Association of Lacrosse (AAL) can be found on the World Lacrosse website.