Talking Drums

The West African News Magazine


Liberia Beats Nigeria

Liberia beat Nigeria 80-78 in the first leg Olympic Games preliminary basketball tournament in Lagos. The Liberians who were expected to host the Nigerians in the second leg match in Monrovia on October 22, trailed 38-40 at half-time.. The winner on aggregate moves to the final preliminaries of the African Zone championship for a place in the Olympic Games.

Eyadema Cup

Two Ghanaian clubs have been billed to meet in the semi-finals of the West African Football Union championship for the General Eyadema Cup.

Defending champions Sekondi Hasaacas and Accra Great Olympics will challenge each other to determine which of them reaches the finals. The Ghana Football Association has proposed November 13 and 19 for the two leg matches in Accra and Kumasi.

Hasaacas, who won the championship last year, defeated Union Sportive Bassam of Ivory Coast at the quarter final stage while Olympics accounted for Siel Diabel of Senegal.

Ghana Wins Cup

The Black Stars of Ghana won the African Zone Three championship for the second time running with a 3-1 victory over Togo in the final match in Abidjan.

The two sides were deadlocked with a goal each at the end of the full 90 minutes but the Ghanaians got two more goals during extra time to clinch the deal.

Emmanuel Botchway opened the scoring for the defending champions in the 53rd minute but Maname snatched the equaliser with 12 minutes to spare

Papa Arko's free kick and Simon Awuah's lovely kick clinched the deal for the Ghanaians who won the cup when the competition was inaugurated in Benin, last year.

Nigerian Appointed

Africa's representative in the Inter national Football Federation (FIFA), Mr. Oyo Orok Oyo of Nigeria has been appointed a member of the Organisation Committee for the 1986 World Cup competition.

Mr. Oyo's appointment was announced in Switzerland by FIFA along with 24 other members chosen from various member-nations in the world.

Mr. Oyo was vice-President of the African Football Confederation. One other African on the committee, headed by Mr. Herman Nenberger of West Germany is Abdolazis Mostapha of Egypt. Mexico is the venue for the 1986 World Cup.


Ivory Coast and Togo have been given the honour of opening the 14th African Cup of Nations tournament which kicks off in the Ivorian capital of Abidjan on March 4, 1984.

Togo finished second to Ghana's Black Stars in the West African championship which has just ended in Abidjan. Their match with Ivory Coast who are hosting the competition for the first time should be an interesting affair.

That is just by way of records. What really matters to most observers of African soccer would be the Ghana Nigeria clash the next day.

The two giants of West African soccer will sort it out in the Group 'B' championship at Buoalle on March 5.

Other pairings are Goup 'A' Cameroon versus Togo and Ivory Coast face Egypt on March 7. The two matches come on in Abidjan.

Egypt and Togo come face to face on March 10 with Ivory Coast ready for Cameroons. In Group 'B' Malawi and Algeria will sort it out with Algeria in Bouake on March 5. The Black Stars of Ghana are defending the championship which they have won four times

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