Nigeria forfeit gives Ghana West African titles
The Nigerian players decided not to play the last game in the tournament against Ghana, apparently upset at the umpiring of Sierra Leonian officials, during the latter team's last ball win in the previous game of the tournament.
It was enough to give Ghana, which had beaten Sierra Leone in the opening match, their second win, and the championships.
Amid the accusations which arose from the Nigeria-Sierra Leone game were unconfirmed reports of a scuffle between members of the opposing camps.
Nigeria scored 210 from its allotted 50 overs before Sierra Leone won off the last ball with a wicket to spare when a disputed run out appeal was turned down.
Ghana then defeated Sierra Leone by 32 runs in the second match.
Gambia, normally the fourth team in the championships, did not compete due to financial reasons.
Although Ghana was unwittingly aided by politics in its title win, observers of second tier African cricket regard it was an emerging force, thanks chiefly to a youth policy which began about four years ago.