1987 All-Africa Games

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IV All-Africa Games
Logo of the VI All-Africa Games
Host cityNairobi, Kenya
Nations participating42
Events14 sports
Opening ceremony1 August 1987
Closing ceremony12 August 1987
Officially opened byDaniel arap Moi
Main venueKasarani Stadium

The 4th All-Africa Games were played from August 1, 1987, to August 12, 1987, in Nairobi, Kenya. 42 countries participated in fourteen sports.

From the beginning the intent had been to hold the African Games every four years. Economic difficulties and general civil unrest had never allowed this to happen. The fourth Games were no exception. Originally scheduled for 1982, a weak Kenyan economy slowed preparations. The Chinese helped provide the necessary funds and manpower to begin building Kasarani Stadium, but too late to hold the games on schedule. It was suggested at one time that Tunis, Tunisia arrange the fourth games in 1982 and Nairobi take its turn in the fifth games in 1986. This proposal was voted down, but the Nairobi games dates were pushed back to 1986. This was still not enough time for the Kenyans to ready themselves and the games finally opened in August 1987. The Games have kept to the four-year schedule since this edition.

A torch was relayed from Nairobi to the Kenyan coast, the Kenyan highlands and back to Nairobi where World Champion John Ngugi carried it into the stadium in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 80,000.

Organizational difficulties with housing and facilities, typical in events such as these, were evident in the Nairobi games as well, but in the end the games concluded without undue calamity.

Egypt won the soccer final from host Kenya on the final day, and finished at the top of the medals table once again.

At the closing ceremonies the torch was passed to Cairo, Egypt to begin preparations for the Vth All-Africa Games in 1991.

Medal table[edit]

  *   Host nation (Kenya)

1 Egypt31222073
2 Tunisia28262276
3 Nigeria23162160
4 Kenya*22251663
5 Algeria13232359
6 Senegal721221
7 Ethiopia35412
8 Ghana3317
9 Uganda3249
10 Zimbabwe25613
11 Madagascar2428
12 Cameroon1179
13 Ivory Coast1124
14 Zaire1102
15 Mauritius1023
16 Tanzania0257
17 Congo0202
18 Rwanda0101
19 Zambia0033
20 Seychelles0022
21 Angola0011
Totals (25 nations)141141157439



Three athletes, two female and one male, won more than one event:

In addition, Nigeria won all four relay races; 4x100 metres and 4x400 metres for men and for women.

Some new women's events were added: 3000 metres, 10000 metres, 400 metres hurdles and 5000 metres track walk. Additionally, the obsoleted pentathlon event was replaced by the heptathlon.



Field hockey[edit]

Field hockey was part of the games for the first time. The venue was City Park Hockey Stadium.


The football tournament was won by Egypt. It was the first Games in which the host country did not win, although the host Kenya finished second. Malawi won their first All-Africa medal.

Gold: Silver: Bronze:



Coach: Reinhard Fabisch


Coach: Reuben Malola


Table tennis[edit]


The taekwondo competition took place at Desai Memorial Hall between August 1 and August 4, 1987. The men's winners were:[3]

Weight Winner Nationality
Fin Anthony Mensah Ghana
Fly John Kariuki Kenya
Bantam John Phafoli Lesotho
Feather Molise Tau Lesotho
Light Dominic Kim Nigeria
Welter Osborne Kunenei Swaziland
Middle Anthony Ilukhor Nigeria
Heavy Pius Ilukhor Nigeria



  1. ^ Kenya Hockey Union: All Africa Games Results[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Krastev, Todor. "Men Handball IV All Africa Games 1987 Nairobi (KEN) -13.08 Winner Algeria". www.todor66.com. Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  3. ^ Taekwondo at the 1987 All-Africa Games

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