Nigerian Head of State, Basic Yakubu Gowon opens the primary Nigeria-Ghana Sports activities Pageant on the Nationwide Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Saturday, August 10th 1974.
A Nigerian newspaper defined that the objective of the video games was to assist take away the political, financial and social boundaries which endanger unity inside West Africa. It went on to say that the concept of the Ghana-Nigeria competitors would hopefully type the nucleus of an meant West African Video games.
Observers from Dahomey (Benin), Togo, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Gambia have been attending the pageant.
Textual content of Gowon’s speech:
“The historical past of our sporting relations dates again to our colonial previous some seventy years in the past. Now we have, notably since independence, strove to keep up our sporting hyperlinks in athletics, soccer, cricket, garden and desk tennis, polo, hockey, basketball and all different sports activities. And we discovered these sporting contacts most helpful and helped in no small measure to forge nearer hyperlinks and foster mutual understanding, respect and good relations between our two international locations. It’s now my pleasure and nice honour to declare the primary Ghana-Nigeria Sports activities Pageant 1974 open.”
Supply: Reuters Information.