The first ever West African Games opened in the Nigerian capital of Lagos on Saturday (27 AUGUST).
GV: Athletics from republic of Benin marching around stadium in Lagos
GV: Athletics from Ghana in parade (TWO SHOTS
SV: Athletics from Guinea in parade followed by Niger delegation and Senegal (THREE SHOTS)
GV: Athletics from Nigeria
GV: Games torch lit, crowd cheers
SV: General Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigerian head of state, makes opening speech (FOUR SHOTS)
GV: Football match Nigeria V Sierra Leone (Nigeria playing left to right) Mid-field play; ball kicked back to Nigeria goalkeeper
SV: Linesman and Nigeria takes corner header saved by goalkeeper
TRANSCRIPT: OBASANJO: "The countries which are involved in the West Africa Games are all members of ECOWAS and the ECOWAS treaty provides for co-operation between member countries in order to break down the artificial barriers which the accident of history has created for us and which our detractors have always been quick to exploit to the detriment of the legitimate interest of all Africans. Co-operation in the field of sports is one of the ways in which we can give practical demonstration to the desire for unity amongst our people."
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Background: The first ever West African Games opened in the Nigerian capital of Lagos on Saturday (27 AUGUST). Ten nations were taking part in the competition which was to last for eight days.
SYNOPSIS: Athletics from the republic of Ben in were the first to march round the National stadium in Lagos during the preliminary ceremonies. The opening had been postpone because of the United Nations-sponsored anti-apartheid conference which had been held in the city. Next to enter the stadium were the athletes from Ghana in their white track suits - one of the three largest delegations at the games.
They were followed in alphabetical order by the remainder of the West African nations - except for Nigeria
The host country of Nigeria followed tradition and came into the stadium last to receive a tremendous ovation from the capacity crowd.
When the games torch had been lit there was a speech from Nigerian head of state General Olusegun Obasanjo.
The first event of the games was a soccer match between Nigeria, playing from left to right, and Sierra Leone. Nigeria were the favourites, having already ousted Sierra Leone from the the World Cup qualifying matches with an aggregate score of 6-2.
There was no score in the first half but in the 61st minute
Nigeria's Segun Odegbami opening the account. It was Odegbami who made the game safe for the home side with another goal five minutes from the end.