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African Games: Nigeria finish second as championship ends

African Games: Nigeria finish second as championship ends

The African Games concluded in Ghana with a spectacular closing ceremony marking the end of 16 eventful days across Accra, Kumasi, and Cape Coast, according to PUNCH Sports Extra. The ceremony featured a parade of flags from all participating nations, accompanied by music from Nigerian hip-hop star Tiwa Savage, much to the delight of the crowd.

Egypt, perennial champions, added two more gold medals on the final day, bringing their total to 101 gold medals and securing the top position once again at the continental sports event. The 13th edition of the African Games, which commenced officially on March 8, showcased remarkable sporting achievements.

Egypt emerged as the overall winners with 189 medals (101 gold, 46 silver, and 42 bronze), while Nigeria secured second place with 47 gold, 33 silver, and 40 bronze medals, totaling 120 medals. South Africa claimed the third spot with 106 medals (32 gold, 32 silver, and 42 bronze), followed by Algeria in fourth place with 114 medals (29 gold, 38 silver, and 47 bronze). Tunisia completed the top four with 87 medals (21 gold, 27 silver, and 39 bronze), while Ghana, despite a slow start, finished sixth with 19 gold, 29 silver, and 20 bronze medals. Morocco, Ethiopia, Mauritius, and Kenya rounded off the top 10 in that order.

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Out of the 54 African countries, 53 participated in the event, with Cape Verde being the only absence from the 13th edition of the Games. Initially scheduled for August 2023, the Games were delayed to March 2024 due to incomplete facilities and marketing revenue issues. Nevertheless, Ghana successfully hosted a memorable championship.

The opening ceremony at the University of Ghana Sports Stadium set the tone for the Games, showcasing Africa’s rich cultural heritage, sporting talent, and diversity. The ceremony featured vibrant displays of colors, choreography, and symbols representing Africa’s unity and friendship. Ghana, as the host nation, highlighted its cultural treasures through traditional dances, music, and artistic performances, with renowned musicians like Shatta Wale, King Promise, and Kamo Mphela entertaining the audience, adding to the ceremony’s allure.

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