|Host city||Lagos, Nigeria|
|Opening ceremony||7 January 1973|
|Closing ceremony||18 January 1973|
|Officially opened by||Yakubu Gowon|
|Main venue||National Stadium|
After the success of the first African Games, the organizing bodies awarded the second games to Bamako, Mali to be held in 1969. A military coup disrupted the plans and the organizers moved the games to Lagos, Nigeria to be held in 1971. The games were postponed once again and finally opened in January 1973. A torch was lit in Brazzaville a week before the games and transported to Lagos as a symbol of the continuity of the games.
Security again was very tight at the games. This time in response to the massacre of Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympic Games just four short months before.
Ben Jipcho, Kenya's 3000 meter silver medalist at the Munich Olympics, tied the world record in the steeplechase with a run of 8:20.8. Tanzania's newcomer Filbert Bayi stunned the veteran favorite Kip Keino in the 1500 meters in 3:37.18.
|10||Ivory Coast (CIV)||2||0||4||6|
|Totals (25 entries)||92||92||126||310|
Only one athlete defended his title from the 1965 Games, namely Malian discus thrower Namakoro Niaré. Three athletes, one male and two female, won more than one event:
- Ohene Karikari, Ghana (100 metres and 200 metres men)
- Alice Annum, Ghana (100 metres and 200 metres women)
- Modupe Oshikoya, Nigeria (high jump, long jump and 100m hurdles)
- Adegboyega Sunday Olorife, Nigeria (Youngest athlete to represent Nigeria at age 15 in 1973, known for his impressive performance in the water polo, and backstroke events)
The soccer tournament was won by the host country Nigeria.
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