NRLA Management

National Team Coaches

Bolu Fagborun

Men's Coach

Bolu is a former professional rugby league player with Huddersfield Giants, Sheffield eagles, Batley and Rochdale hornets. He played internationally for Nigeria scoring their first ever try in 2019 and managed the Nigeria National team to success in the Middle East and Africa competition in Ghana 2022.

Bolu is involved in sports at an executive level at Bradford Bulls as one of a handful of Corporate Social Responsibility Directors in rugby league. He is also a trustee at two sports charities in the UK; Bradford Bulls foundation and East Bierley Community Sports Association (Ebcsa), the charity behind Birkenshaw Bluedogs in West Yorkshire.

Samson Okeowo Oluwaseye

Women's Head Coach

Samson played Friends of Rugby Association League and NRFF Rugby Union League with ECOII RFC as player for about 11 years and later became the Head Coach.

Samson is also the Head Coach of Lagos Haven/Lagos Bulls.

He is the General Manager of NRLA Youth Development, An Assistant Coach of NRLA National Men’s Team and The Head Coach of NRLA National Women’s Team, Lagos State Commission Rugby Coach. An iTry Coach, Get-into- Rugby Coach and Ibudo Academy Chief Coach


Nuhu Ibrahim

Asst. Women's Coach

Nuhu Ibrahim Samaila Nigeria rugby league player and rugby union, who represented Nigeria in both code. Kano lions captain and deeply proud Nigerian. Passionate advocate and conservationist. also a female rugby league assistant coach and ITRY coach.


Wuraola Hussain

Welfare Manager

Player welfare manager of Nigeria Rugby League and currently the vice president of Ibudo Rugby Academy, a Level 2 female referee and a match commissioner is a dynamic, versatile and visionary Rugby enthusiast, who has carved a niche in grassroots Rugby development. She has worked with different secondary schools in Lagos and Ogun State, as a volunteer Rugby coach, discovering and developing young talents.

Managerial Core

Abiodun Olawale-Cole


Abiodun is an avid rugby fan passionate about growing Rugby league in Nigeria. Abiodun played 1st team Rugby League at Loughborough University, American football for North of England students and Derby university before returning to London to play rugby union for Mill Hill and London Nigeria rugby teams.

In his free time, he plays touch rugby and flag American football in Lagos Nigeria whilst working full time in consumer market research. 

Ade Adebisi

Vice Chairman

Ade Adebisi General Manager and Vice President of Nigeria Rugby League is an ex professional rugby league player who has made appearances for teams such as the London Broncos, Skolars, Whitehaven, Featherstone Rovers, Doncaster and Hull FC.  Ade’s previous experience had been in senior management at Wilson James UK responsible for securing vital contracts,a key driver at Tobat Industries Lagos as operations director and a founding partner of Provectus Global resources. He is also the U.K ambassador of the sickle cell society

Adam Sada

Operation Director

Adam Sada is an ex-professional rugby league player with London Broncos who has been called up for England Students and Great Britain Under 21 Squad. Since retiring Adam has maintained a good network of past players who have moved into various roles within the sport. In his professional career, Adam has spent the last 20 years working within Financial Services on a variety of change and transformation initiatives across the investment management, retail banking, and insurance sectors.

Isah Lawal-Saulawa

General Manager

Isah’s journey in rugby league began as a schoolboy and quickly progressed to join the Hemel Stags Academy, where he honed his skills as a winger, centre, scrum half, as an all around back. 

During his time at the University of Northampton, Gaining a Masters in Governance and Leadership along with a BA in HR & Management Isah continued to showcase his rugby league prowess, playing for the University’s Men’s Rugby League team “Gremlins”. 

Upon returning to Nigeria, Isah played a pivotal role in re-establishing the Abuja RFC. He also represented  Nigeria in the Nationals 7s tournament in Zimbabwe, showcasing his skills on the international stage.

Michael Ogunbiyi

Director of Strategy

Michael is a former rugby player with over 20 years of experience.

A co-founder of the University of London Rugby League team in 1991/92 and played Rugby leave for 2+ years before setting up a Rugby Union club (London Tribes) which competed in the Middlesex leagues.


Yemi Bakre

Marketing Director

With a degree in Marketing Management and Information Technology, Yemi has worked with various global companies in many industries to help harness solutions and build business success. She brings her experience to the league as Head of Marketing.