The re-opening of the National Stadium in Niger's capital, Niamey, on Sunday (29 December) was marked by a soccer international between the Niger national team and a French universities combined eleven.
SV French Ambassador Secretary for the Interior, Secretary for Sport and other officials meeting teams as band plays (3 shots)
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GV Game in progress, Niger team (in light strip) playing from left to right; French team gain possession and mount attack
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Background: The re-opening of the National Stadium in Niger's capital, Niamey, on Sunday (29 December) was marked by a soccer international between the Niger national team and a French universities combined eleven.
It was the first time the Niger team had played an international match since 24 November 1972, when they lost to a Dahomey team in the prelimina rounds of the African Games.
Sunday's match -- as well as being an exciting spectacle of soccer for the Niamey crowds-- also served as a warm-up for Niger's forthcoming match against Guinea in the second round of the African Nations Cup. Niger were due to meet Dahomey in the first round, but the Dahomey team withdrew from the competition because the team was not fully prepared.
Leading the crowds in the Niamey stadium to welcome the French Universities Team were the French Ambassador to Niger, Mr. Paul Gaschignar the Niger Secretary of State for the Interior, Mr. Alou Harouna, and the Secretary of State for Youth and Sport, Mr. Gaiba Sidikou. They were accompanied by several other members of the Niger Government.
Despite some good soccer from both teams, and the Niger team's obvious desire to put up a good show before the home crowd after such a long absence from international soccer, neither team scored.