The Fifth African Table Tennis championships have ended in Cotonou, the capital of the Benin Republic, with the Nigerians dominating the competition.
GV Egyptian team entering African Table Tennis Championship tournament stadium in Cotonou, Benin Republic
GV Ugandans parade into stadium
GVs Nigerians enter (2 shots)
SV Trophies ZOOM INTO SCU
GV Two Nigerians playing match, spectators watching and players shake hands at end of match PAN TO players shaking hands with judges and officials
SV President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin Republic congratulating winner Noe Lassissi of Nigeria, and Lassissi holding aloft trophy (3 shots)
SPORT - TABLE TENNIS
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Background: The Fifth African Table Tennis championships have ended in Cotonou, the capital of the Benin Republic, with the Nigerians dominating the competition.
SYNOPSIS: The Egyptian team enters the Hall of Sports in Cotonou. The competition had been underway for two weeks. Ugandans took part but it was to be the nigerians who took the major championships. The Men's and Women's singles were to be an entirely Nigerian affair. The Women's singles was won by Alice Majecodumni, aged 15, who beat the holder of the title, Ethel Jacks.
The men's singles were between Joe Lassissi and Ayinde Fatai. A large crowd was present to watch the finals.
Lassissi proved too strong for Ayinde. He won the first two games--lost the third--and won the fourth, giving him the Championship. among the spectators were members of the Central Committee of the Popular Revolutionary party, and other members of the Government.
The Championship prize was presented to Lassissi by President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin. President Kerekou, in an address to the audience, stressed the role sport could play in building a united Africa.