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Friday, February 8th, 2013

Ghanaian Hip-Hop Lyricist M.anifest Writes for Us: Laments of a Disappointed Ghana Black Stars Fan

Oh Ghana Black Stars! Again? Our time in the trophy-less wilderness just got a 3 year extension yesterday courtesy our neighbors to the north, Burkina Faso. This is how they repay us for supplying them with electricity (I kid).

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

“Only Seydou Keita is worth anything.”

The Western-most tip of Africa seemed like as good a place as any to watch the Mali vs. South Africa quarter-final in the African Cup of Nations. On Saturday, I was at the Pointe des Almadies in...

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Watching the African Nations Cup with Ghana fans on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn

While the Ghanaian migrant community in New York City is centered in the Bronx, there is a smaller, yet equally as Afcon-enthusiastic population of Ghanaians in the Flatbush/Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Meytex Cafe on Flatbush Avenue...

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

North African teams came up short at the African Cup of Nations

Writing in The Guardian, football journalist Jonathan Wilson noted that “… for the first time since 1992, there will be no north African presence in the quarter-finals.” He speculated as to whether this pointed to a “a significant...

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

Wanlov the Kubolor’s Playlist for Ghana’s Black Stars

The first track below is a message to Ghana’s Black Stars (they play Cape Verde in the first of Afcon 2013′s quarterfinal matches in about 9 hours) that there is no shortcut somewhere worth going to....

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Watching the African Nations Cup in Astoria, Queens

Steinway Street in Astoria, Queens is home to the largest Moroccan population in New York City and Casa Lounge, a Moroccan-owned hookah spot, has been the undisputed destination in the neighborhood to catch Morocco’s Africa Cup of...

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

Watching the Africans Cup of Nations at an Ivorian restaurant in Harlem

Acting on a tip from an Ivorian diplomat on the best location to watch Les Éléphants play in NYC, we headed up to Harlem to catch the Côte d’Ivoire–Tunisia match early Saturday morning. New Ivoire is a 17-year-old,...

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The trouble with Angola

Like many Angolans on Sunday I was forced to eat my share of humble pie and admit the superiority of Cape Verde’s national football team, which, through sheer grit and determination, qualified their country to the quarterfinals...

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Burkinabe Rapper Art Melody’s Playlist For Les Étalons (Afcon 2013 Playlist N°3)

By Mamadou Konkobo (aka Art Melody): Later today we play against Zambia for a place in the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations. We are first in our group, we just need to handle it well. Zambia...

Monday, January 28th, 2013

What We Learned From Day 8 Of The 2013 African Cup of Nations

Where the icy Benguela and toasty Agulhas currents collide, a rich, productive football ecosystem can emerge. This was especially true today where two stadiums, the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and the Moses Mabhiba Stadium...

Friday, January 25th, 2013

What’s With The Empty Seats At The African Nations Cup

One of the key sights of this year’s Africa Cup of Nations has been emptiness. Aside from the opener between South Africa and Cape Verde, the television cameras have picked up images of large swathes of empty...

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Afcon 2013 Preview: Angola’s Palancas Negras and the Curse of the Quarterfinals

Angola has never made it past the quarterfinals at the African Cup of Nations. This year’s competition in South Africa marks the seventh time the Palancas Negras have been to the Afcon. Coincidentally, it was also in...

Monday, January 21st, 2013

What We Learned From Day Three of The 2013 African Cup of Nations

Ethiopia’s wily head coach Sewnet Bishaw turned this game with a substitution on 64′, bringing on Addis Hintsa in central midfield. It was Hintsa’s through-ball that opened up the Zambian defence, which four minutes earlier had been...

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Afcon 2013 Preview: Can Ghana’s Black Stars Win its First Nation’s Cup since 1982?

This edition of the Africa Cup of Nations promises fans of Ghana’s Black Stars potential thrills but also raises the specters of recent failures. The Black Stars (they play the Democratic Republic of Congo today in their...

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

What We’ve Learned From Day One Of The 2013 African Nations Cup

South Africa’s Bafana Bafana were sloppy and did not take their opponents seriously. It was a woeful display. Cape Verde on the other hand were purposeful and deserved their point. The way coach Lucio Antunes cast a...

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

A Very Short History of the Africa Cup of Nations

The big kick-off is nearly upon us. Just 11 months after that extraordinary Zambian triumph in Libreville, starting Saturday we have another month of football ahead as Africa’s top teams (and South Africa, there as hosts) fight...

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Some African Cup of Nations History

This item, below, from The Guardian’s (excellent) Sports Blog’s weekly round-up of Youtube videos (basically random stuff they dug up from the history of sports) can help get you into the mood for today’s last first round...

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

All Senegal has left is a fight song

So in the end Senegal have been eliminated from the African Cup of Nations after two bad defeats–first to Zambia and today to one of the co-hosts Equitorial Guinea. And I thought they have an expensive strike...

Friday, January 20th, 2012

The African Cup of Nations preview

The 28th edition of the African Cup of Nations kicks off in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea tomorrow. 16 teams–including the joint hosts who did not have to qualify–will play for 2 places in the final match scheduled...

Monday, January 16th, 2012

The French advantage

Academic and soccer fan Andrew Guest previews the 2012 African Cup of Nations for Football is Coming Home. He points to the French influence on teams that qualfied for the finals that start later this week. The...

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

‘Symbols of Liberia’s Struggle’*

Rapper Nas narrates a short insert on ESPN’s “E:60″ on the Liberian national amputee team made up of men, often former enemies, who lost the use of their legs or arms in Liberia’s very recent civil war. ...

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Africans Prefer English Soccer

These scenes of Angolan football fans at the recent African Nations Cup captured by Al Jazeera may give the impression that Africans still value the continental game. Actually they prefer English football, argues sports writer Simon Kuper...

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

The History of African Football

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...

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Where is Angola?

The tragic attack on the Togolese football team bus (three people were killed and one player seriously injured) on the eve of the African Nations Cup in the disputed Angolan province of Cabinda, is just that: tragic....