The 12th African Games ended yesterday in Rabat, Morocco, with Team Nigeria placing second behind Egypt on the overall medals table. Team Nigeria recorded a total of 121 medals, made up of 44 gold, 30 silver and 47 bronze.
The bulk of Nigeria’s medals came from weightlifting, which accounted for 16 gold, 13 silver and 18 bronze medals, while athletics produced 10 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals.
Egypt got a total of 264 medals made up of 99 gold, 96 silver and 69 bronze to finish top, while South Africa was third with 87 medals comprising of 36 gold, 26 silver and 25 bronze medals.
Table Tennis fetched Nigeria two gold, four silver and four bronze medals, while badminton accounted for two gold, three silver and three bronze medals. Basketball fetched Nigeria two medals comprising of a gold and bronze.
In football, the female team, Falconets, got a gold medal, but their male counterparts, the Flying Eagles, failed in their final against Burkina Faso on Friday, and settled for the silver medal.
Nigerian boxers won a gold, silver and five bronze medals, while karate got the country a gold medal.
In gymnastics, it was a gold medal and two bronze medals, just as Taekwondo got Nigeria a gold medal.
Team Nigeria also won some medals in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Rowing, Canoeing and Sailing, including the two gold medals captured by the duo of Ayomide Bello and Foloki Goodness, at the Mohammed Ben Abdellah Dam on Friday.