What the recent World Rugby Sevens Series global championship reveals about national rugby cultures, particularly South Africa's.
Football historian and broadcaster David Goldblatt’s new, encyclopedic book of football opens with a chapter on Africa. Here we republish an excerpt.
Zimbabwe’s national football was under black control decades before independence—but the colonial legacy of racial segregation still haunts.
Reflecting on white joy, black celebration, and the meaning of the Springbok win at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
We should not let the achievements of a multiracial Springbok rugby team, led by its first black captain, be commodified and commercialized in the service of neoliberalism.
The late Springbok rugby wing's legacy needs to be sustained, and the hope that he represented is perhaps more critical than ever.
The fate of Cameroon's women's national football team, like much else in the country, is a reflection of the sorry state of its politics.
The compromises and conciliations of South African rugby mirror the unfinished transition from apartheid racism in the broader society.
What does the divergent fates of Springbok Eben Etzebeth and former coach Peter de Villiers say about the state of South African rugby?
Williams, the only black South African player in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, was a complex figure in complex times. He deserves to be remembered as such.
Football and neoliberal repression go together in Egypt.
The Rugby Championship, the World Cup, and Springbok politics in South Africa.
The midfielder Augustine "Jay Jay" Okocha is arguably one of Nigeria's best men's football players ever. It is his birthday today, August 14th.
Ultras or extreme fans of football clubs in Morocco use their collective identity to push for social and political demands.
Why do football matches between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates matter more than any other sporting event in South Africa. Even more than when the rugby Springboks play.
How AFCON 2019 showed up Arab-African identity and cultural politics between North Africa and countries south of the Sahara.
Algeria reached the African Cup final for the first time in 29 years after defeating Nigeria. It can't be divorced from politics back home.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt and football’s peculiar hold on national identity.
Egypt got knocked out in the Round of 16, but the hosts have been hamstrung by multiple events, including the military's control, besides its poor performance in the tournament.
Queer identities, widely accepted on the pitch in women's football, may be the way to challenge gender norms in some societies.