Talking Drums

The West African News Magazine


Call for African boycott of games

Upper Volta's Sports Minister, Henry Zongo, also the president of the Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) has told a news conference in the Ethiopian capital that the SCSA had passed a resolution calling on OAU member countries not to the part in the Los Angeles Olympics "in which supporters of the policy of apartheid and Britain will participate" He said he had come to Ethiopia to deliver the medals. SCSA resolution to the OAU Chairman to pass on to member countries. SCSA's recent executive committee meeting in Ouagadougou delivered to the OAU Chairman called on SCSA members to cut all sporting links with Britain because it allowed its rugby team to tour South Africa.

Hint of boycott from Accra

Accra radio has reported a comment in the Ghanaian Times that there could be no alternative to boycotting the Olympics "unless Britain is prevailed upon to withdraw as penalty for allowing an English rugby team to tour South Africa". If things went that way Ghana's Olympic Committee would be obliged to abide by the collective decision of Africa.

The paper had urged the Committee "to reconsider the feverish manner in which some officials are lobbying to be selected to lead Ghana's team to the Games".

Cameroon soccer squad for Olympics

Cameroun's national soccer squad, the reigning African champions have left Yaounde on an African and European match tour prior to taking part in the Los Angeles Olympics.

Cameroun, one of the three count- ries representing Africa at the Games, will play a series of friendly matches in Burundi, Kenya, Egypt, Switzerland and France during the 24-day tour.

Nigeria are youth soccer champs

Nigeria won the 1983 Pre-Olympic Soccer Championship by defeating Argentina 5-1 in the final played in Los Angeles.

Argentina scored first in the 10th minute through Almando Equerra. But Nigeria recovered quickly to take a 2-1 lead before half-time. Nigeria's third goal came early in the second half through a penalty kick. Before getting to the final, Nigeria had beaten Colombia 2-0, Sweden 6-0, U.S. 3-0, and Canada 4-1.

In addition to the championship trophy, which was presented by Brazilian star Pele, Nigeria also won the fair play trophy and 14 gold medals.

A player in the Nigeria team, Niyi Adeleye, got the Most Valuable Player He further said that the report of the (MVP) award.

The Nigeria team has since left Los July 12 to 15. Angeles for Barcelona, Spain, to defend the Cup-Winners' Cup international contest it won last year.

Nduka's 35,000 dollars

Nigeria’s Nduka Odizor is ranked No. 52 in the world of tennis. Nkduka who has always been in the 50 to 70 region within the last year, is yet to realise his dream of breaking the 50 and above barrier. The story is however different in the list of top money earners. He is placed No. 45.

At No. 45 Odizor has collected a cool 34,423 dollars this year and that is close enough to the top.

Azumah steps up training

Africa and Commonwealth featherweight boxing champion, Azumah Nelson, who challenges world champion, Wilfredo Gomez of Puerto Rico for his crown later this month, has moved his training camp from the Teshie Field Engineers to the Accra Sports Hall.

The fight will be Azumah's second attempt at the world crown. The first was against the former champion, the late Salvador Sanchez of Mexico in Las Vegas, United States, two years ago.

According to the Peoples Daily Graphic, Azumah has tremendously improved on his punching power after a two and half months intensive training in the camp of top American manager/promoter.

Ghana gets ready in boxing, athletics Ghana will participate in athletics and boxing in the Los Angeles Olympic Games, a spokesman for the National Olympic Committee (NOC) has said in Accra.

The boxing team, the Black Bombers, returned home two weeks ago after taking part in a three-week intensive pre-Olympic Games training programme sponsored by the United States International Agency (USIS) in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Ghana Amateur Athletic Association (GAAA) has also picked 34 athletes-21 men and 13 women to camp in Kumasi in preparation for the first All-Africa Athletic championships in Casablanca, Morocco, from July 12 to 15.

Hasaacas still in WAFU contest

Sekondi Hasaacas have edged Casmance of Senegal out of this year's Nigeria's Nduka Odizor is ranked competition. Their second-leg replay match at the Kumasi Sports Stadium ended in a 2-1 victory for Hasaacas thereby putting them on level terms with their Senegalese opponents who also won the first match 2-1 in Dakar.

The tie-breaking penalty rule was therefore applied with Hasaacas converting all their five kicks with the Senegalese missing one of theirs.

Hearts are league leaders

Accra Hearts of Oak have given an early indication of their determination to recapture their leading position in Ghana Soccer. After seven weeks of the national first division league, they are on top of the table with ten points. They have won so far four matches, drawn two and lost only one. Okwahu United who also have ten points after are second on the table with beating Sekondi Eleven Wise 1-0 at Nkawkaw are second on the table with inferior goal aggregate.


Home Away
Hearts 330060 41 21 33 10
Okwahu 4 400 40 3 1 0 2 2 3 10
Gt. Oly 4 3 1 0 6 1 2011138
Hasmal 3 3 0062 1010117
Wise 220060 4022026
Kotoko 3 1 1 1 2 2 2020 335
Real Utd 2 11010 4022255
B.A. Utd 3 12041 3003064
Corners 202022 303000
Vipers 3012133 3003033
Neoplan 311133 3003073
Tano 10020 1001032

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