Talking Drums

The West African News Magazine



Defending Champions, Stationary Stores of Nigeria bowed out of the Nigerian challenge Cup when they were whipped 3-1 unsung Nigeria Airways in the semifinals.

Gamiya Baba Tunde shot Airways ahead in the 13th minute with Oladi pupo Bablola getting the second. Skipper Eugene Odiye made it three before Stores pulled one back.


The African Football Confederation has closed down the Nigerian National Stadium for one year and imposed a two-year ban on local Stationary Stores for various incidents in connection with their match with Asec Club of Abidjan.

The CAF also fined the Nigerian Football Association (NFA) 3,000 dollars. In addition the NFA is to refund to the Ivory Coast Football Federation the cost of Abidjan-Lagos return tickets for 25 persons because of the cancellation of the return match between Asec and Stores.

In addition, the AFC, which took the decision at a meeting in Abidjan, banned a player of Stores, Kalilu Musah for three years.

The AFC announced other sanctions against erring players and associations. It gave the Algerian Football Association up to October 30 to pay a total. fine of 4,244 dollars to an unnamed Nigerian referee who officiated in a match between Jet of Algeria and Dynamo of Zimbabwe.

Fines ranging from 2,000 to 3,000 dollars were imposed on Guinea, Tanzania, Gabon, Angola and Kenya Football Associations.


Referees throughout Nigeria will sit promotional examinations on November 5, Mr. Limus Moa, Public Relations Officer of the Referees Association of Nigeria has said in Lagos.

According to Mr. Moa, entries for the examination which will enable qualified referees to be upgraded was scheduled to close on October 15.

No Medical Aid For Teams

Medical aid to the two Nigerian national teams, the Green Eagles and their juniors, the Flying Eagles, currently in Camp at Benbo Games Village in Ibadan for crucial international engagements involving age-old rivals, Ghana, has been withdrawn, because a medical officer attached to the junior team in their world cup engagement in Mexico, chatted with a girl.

The withdrawal, said to be on the orders of Sports Minister Mr. Buba Ahmed, had created a situation where players had to travel to Lagos on their own for medical attention in case of injuries or any other ailment.

Before their transfer to Ibadan, the Green Eagles were assigned a doctor who was permanently in camp at their Kilo Hotel base.


World renowned promoter Don King, has agreed to arrange another tournament for Nigeria's African Lightweight Champion, David Andeh to enable him to assess the boxer properly, after his controversial defeat by Alvis Hayes of the United States.

In a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, a representative of the First World Promotions of Nigeria, Mr. George Amu said Don King made the promise at the end of the Andeh Hayes fight in Ohio. Mr. Amu was in Andeh's entourage to Richfields, Ohio.

Mr. Amu said King, like many boxing observers around, was convinced that the way the Andeh Hayes fight was concluded did not give the Nigerian Champion adequate opportunity to prove his worth.

The proposed fight will take place in New York, against an opponent to be named later.

Asked if he thought the referee should have penalised Alivis for the head butt which opened the cut on his eye, Andeh said: "he should not be penalised. It was not his fault, he simply did so in order to avoid my punches."

David Andeh - time for reflection.


A seminar for sports journalists drawn from 35 countries in the Third World has ended in London.

The seminar, organised by the British Olympic Association, with funds provided by the Olympic Solidarity, was to enable the journalists to be abreast with the Olympic Movement.

The first part of the seminar took place in Cardiff, where the BOA held a national Olympic Academy to coincide with the journalists course.

The Sports Writers Association of Ghana was represented by two delegates.

Other African delegates came from Nigeria, Cameroons, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia.

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