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    The Chief of the Ghanian Defence Staff, Major General L.A. Okai, saw Ghana defeat Uganda?

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    The Chief of the Ghanian Defence Staff, Major General L.A. Okai, saw Ghana defeat Uganda three-nil at hockey in the El-Wak Stadium in Accra on Monday (7 June).

    SYNOPSIS: It was the first day of the third Ghana-Uganda Armed Forces International Games: And General Okai, here meeting the teams, used the opportunity to announce that Ghana and Uganda were sharing some military facilities. However, he did not say just what the common defence arrangements were. The General's remarks were made as the games opened. He also said that there were growing economic links between African nations and cited the co-operation between trading groups in east and west Africa. The presence of Benin hockey players and observers from Nigeria was another indication of growing ties.

    Meanwhile, Ghana's hockey team gave a big boost to home supporters at the start of the games.

    Ghana, playing from right to left against Uganda, in white shorts, quickly dominated the match. However, the Ugandans produced a spirited defence to give the large crowd good entertainment in the El-Wak Stadium. The Ugandans also knew they had a chance to gain ground in other events, later in the games. These included - athletics, basketball, boxing, soccer, volleyball and rifle and pistol marksmanship. Ghana regards the games as a major annual sporting event. Earlier General Oaki declared neither Uganda nor Ghana could afford any incidents that might mar the games. The General said that such incidents undermined a co-operation that was still fragile in present circumstances. And he warned that some sports competitions had caused strained relations elsewhere. However, no incidents happened during the hockey match.

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