I’m spending much of my free time (if I have any), watching what I can of the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola. Which is a good time to also catch up on the rich history of African football especially before long no one will know or care about it. I mean, how many of you know that well before European nations could get their act together Africans had organized and held its first continental competition and the role of football in political struggles.

[“Africa Kicks,” BBC radio documentary]

[football scholar Paul Darby on the Africa Past & Present Podcast]

* The art is that of Tsevis.