Muhammad Ali, the colourful former heavyweight boxing Champion is on a four-day goodwill tour of Nigeria.
GV EXT Gowon residence
LV INT Ali and General Gowon seated
SV Chief Enahoro (civilian clothes) seated
CU Ali, Gowon and Gowon's child playing about
CU Brig. Hosten Peters laughing
SCU Ali speaks (SOUND STARTS: "I want to say ...." SOUND ENDS: "...Ibadan.")
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: MUHAMMAD ALI: "I want to say that I that I don't take this visit lightly. I really am appreciate because the physical ability that I have but mentioning that I have met you and the people the way that they stopped traffic like I'm the President or something, it is so flattering (INDISTINCT VOICES AND LAUGHTER) I have tears come to my eyes when I ride through the streets and see all of the Nigerian brothers and sisters, the little ones, the big ones, the old ones, the young ones and this is really going to make me stronger when I go in training because I can think back and remember how many people are pulling for me, and this mentally makes me drive harder. So I'm glad I came here before the next fight. I'm so glad that I came here because I"d forgotten how many ones that I have that were disappointed when I loose, So this makes me work hard (INDISTINCT VOICE) and I promise you that immediately after the fight the first time I'm free I will be back with my wife and my children to stay at least a week here and a week in the city that we just left, Ibadan."
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Background: Muhammad Ali, the colourful former heavyweight boxing Champion is on a four-day goodwill tour of Nigeria. He mat with Nigerian President Gowon and his son in Lagos on Thursday (7 October). Ali was appreciative of the reception that he'd received from the Nigerian people and General Gowon. The President returned the compliment and told Ali that he hoped the boxer would help educate Afro-Americans about the social and economic progress being made in Africa. The General also appealed to Ali not to worry about his last defeat to Joe Frazier adding that it was sometimes good to taste defat in order to better appreciate the joy of victory.