1991 All-Africa Games

The 5th All-Africa Games were held from September 20 to October 1, 1991, in Cairo, Egypt. Forty-three countries participated in eighteen sports.

V All-Africa Games
Logo of the 5th All-Africa Games
Host cityCairo, Egypt
Nations participating43
Events18 sports
Opening ceremony20 September 1991
Closing ceremony1 October 1991
Officially opened byHosni Mubarak
Main venueCairo International Stadium

For the first time the Games were held on a four-year cycle as planned. Egypt had hoped to use the Games to showcase the city of Cairo for a possible Olympic bid. The plan fell through after organizational difficulties once again plagued the Games. A stampede of spectators trying to get in to see the Opening Ceremonies got the Games off to a bad start. Many IOC officials and dignitaries were unable to make it into the stadium in the confusion and returned to their hotels to watch the ceremony on television.

African athletes had claimed seven world championships at the previous months World Athletics Championships. Only one, steeplechaser Moses Kiptanui, decided to participate in Cairo.

Highly partisan crowds, which were granted free admission to the events by the Egyptian government, filled the stadiums throughout the games, cheering the home team to another placing at the top of the medals table.

It was Namibia's first participation in the world arena. The team proudly returned with four gold medals, two silver medals and seven bronze medals.

Participating sportsEdit

Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Egypt)

1  Egypt (EGY)*905352195
2  Algeria (ALG)493634119
3  Nigeria (NGR)435143137
4  Kenya (KEN)13171848
5  Zimbabwe (ZIM)831324
6  Tunisia (TUN)641020
7  Ivory Coast (CIV)45312
8  Ethiopia (ETH)43512
9  Namibia (NAM)42612
10  Senegal (SEN)341118
11  Ghana (GHA)24612
12  Angola (ANG)23510
13  Mozambique (MOZ)2002
14  Mauritius (MRI)15612
15  Cameroon (CMR)141015
16  Tanzania (TAN)1315
17  Uganda (UGA)1124
18  Gabon (GAB)1034
  Zambia (ZAM)1034
20  Lesotho (LES)0336
21  Madagascar (MAD)02911
22  Libya (LBA)0156
23  Seychelles (SEY)0123
24  Central African Republic (CAF)0101
  Sierra Leone (SLE)0101
26  Burkina Faso (BUR)0022
  Zaire (ZAI)0022
28  Botswana (BOT)0011
  Congo (CGO)0011
  Swaziland (SWZ)0011
Totals (30 nations)236207257700


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

In addition, Nigeria won three of the four relay races; 4x100 metres for men and women as well as women's 4x400 metres. No new events were added.

Field hockeyEdit


The soccer tournament was transformed to a U-23 competition. It was won by Cameroon, and it was the first Games in which the host country did not win a medal.

Gold: Silver: Bronze:







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