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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 trend of decline in the north African game.” Egypt, “the most successful team in Cup of Nations history, has

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Why do African countries hire non-African football coaches so much?

It seemed strange when in the run-up to Afcon 2013, Nigeria’s coach Stephen Keshi forcefully criticised African football associations for their preference for white coaches. That when Zambia, until this week the great success story of African...

Saturday, January 19th, 2013

Africa Cup of Nations Preview: Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks ready to make a big splash

By Amílcar Tavares* Almost one fifth of Cape Verde’s population would fit in the stands of The Calabash, the 95,000-capacity stadium where the Blue Sharks will today play their first ever Africa Cup of Nations match. Being recognised...

Friday, January 18th, 2013

African Cup of Nations Preview: South Africa has to make it out of the group stage

For some odd reason the suits in the South African Football Association chose to put these nine words together when they drafted a mandate for coach Gordon Igesund when he took over the coaching post on the...

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Vuvuzela Bafana

Courtesy of Ghetto Bassquake (whose World Cup Rivalry series I highly recommend), and just in time for Bafana Bafana’s imminent kickoff against Uruguay, we bring you DJ Sbu’s “Vuvuzela Bafana,” a track “solely dedicated to motivate the...

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

On Safari

By the time you read this I’ll be on my way to Cape Town, via Amsterdam. I am looking forward to the World Cup as a fan. I’ve grown very tired of the kind of images and...