As the last of the African teams exits at the Round of 16,
filmmaker and columnist Farai Sevenzo looks at the state of African football, bedevilled by the perennial problems of poor organisation, tactical indiscipline and rows over money. [BBC]
Since the attack on the Togolese national team in Angola (previously
), soccer in Togo has descended into a freefall. In a strange turn of events, a fake national team recently represented the country in a tournament in Bahrain. The soccer loving people of Togo were outraged when the truth about the situation came out
has been traveling around Africa
as they are played in the continent's small villages, its players
. It is especially striking to compare that last collection to all the official World Cup balls
. You can see slightly larger versions of some of Hilltout's pictures here
View any web site like you're at the South Africa World Cup!
is an exclave of Angola with extensive oil fields
and a troubled history
. Left out of the negotiations that granted Angola independence from the Portuguese, separatist movements in Cabinda
have a history nearly as long as that of modern Angola itself. These movements are in the news again, thanks to an attack on the Togolese national football team
ahead of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations that has other clubs
calling their players back, Cabinda losing the right to host matches
, and South Africa reassuring the world
that security there will be adequate ahead of this summer's World Cup.
Ready or Not.
"South Africa is a great place to have a party, and people are incredibly generous of spirit. What we should be doing is trying to make the World Cup experience uniquely African: where the bus comes 10 minutes late but nobody gives a toss because they are having such a good time. Instead, the organisers seem to want to try to run the World Cup as efficiently as the Germans did. What a load of bull. The Germans could invade Poland in three days. We could not invade Swaziland in three months." Article in today's Observer about preparations in South Africa for the soccer World Cup in 2010.
Yet another African dream.
After Cameroon's heroics of Italia '90, Senegal follow up with a quarter-final achievement themselves.
stopping football holigans in the gambia
security forces banned from football tourney - "the beating of some of the footballers, team officials and supporters of the opposing team which resulted in the admission to hospital of a footabller and the serious wounding of some supporters is a total violation of fair play and can no longer be entertained by the committee."
well you've got to draw the line somewhere