By Sab Osuji In Brazzaville:
The curtains came down on the 11th All Africa Games with a colourful closing ceremony inside the new Kintele Stadium, Brazaville Congo Saturday night , with Brazil legend, Pele appreciating the African athletes and the hosts for an impressive performances, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Arantes dos Nascimento, aka Pele, in a recorded television message broadcast inside the Kintele Sports Stadium saluted the African nations for their wonderful performances and spirit of fair play.
A jersey signed by the iconic Pele, whose football days were highlighted on the big screen, was presented to the country's president Denis Sassou Nguesso.
Participating countries observed the traditional march parade after the flag bearers had entertained the crowd.
One significant episode at the closing ceremony monitored by Completesportsnigeria.com was the power supply that went off in the stadium.
This elicited wide jeers from the crowd but that didn't take the shine off the event of the night as the achievements of all the countries were reeled out by the commentator and shown on the big tv screen at the 60,058 capacity stadium otherwise known as the Unity Stadium.
Local dance troops and music acts took the centre stage after the parade of participating countries to offer more entertainment.
President Nguesso was afterwards ushered off the stadium after presenting a commemorative flag to the Local Organising Committee members.
Accra (Ghana), Nairobi (Kenya) or Lusaka (Zambia) are the bidding cities for the 12th All Africa Games in 2019.