The knockout phase of the Cup of Nations started this weekend and by next Sunday we’ll have a new champion. Events in Port Said, along with the Zimbabwean match-fixing scandal have made it a dreadful week for African football–but there has not been any question of postponing the remaining fixtures. The quarter-final line-up is without the tournament’s biggest losers, Senegal. Morocco and Angola also miss out. Earlier today red-hot Zambia played Sudan (in the end, Sudan came up short) and hosts Equatorial Guinea take on favorites Côte d’Ivoire as I am writing. The two major surprise quarterfinalists are Equatorial Guinea and Sudan, but they have very different back-stories.
Nelly Furtado tweeted yesterday afternoon that she had performed privately for Gaddafi’s family, and would donate the $1 million that she earned from the event to “an undisclosed charity.” We wondered why she did not give the money to the embattled opposition-run cities inside Libya. Anyway, her sudden development of a consciousness, made us wonder […]