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Well done South Africa!

African triumph

After 32 teams from around the world played a total of 64 games and scored over 120 goals the first African hosted World cup is over.

In the final against Holland, Andres Iniesta scored the winning goal for Spain, and in doing so he kept alive the dream that teams can win the greatest footballing prize by playing the, ‘beautiful game’, beautifully. But perhaps the real winner in this football fest was South Africa and the continent of Africa. Continue reading

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It’s the World Cup, So Why the Empty Seats?

FIFA questions about half empty terraces

It’s easy to blame a government riddled with corruption and heaped with problems-this has been the case this summer as all eyes are on South Africa and the turmoil that Jacob Zuma has the country in.

Poverty in South Africa has risen since 2005-so has unemployment. While the government has invested millions into ensuring gleaming new stadiums and health services are in place to safeguard visiting fans with money to spend, the people most in need have been forgotten. Continue reading

More Black Footballers and Athletes Must Speak Out About Racism

Footballers stand against racism

Samuel Eto’o, who play this afternoon, as the captain of Cameroon, spoke to the Guardian newspaper about his experiences of racism playing in Europe. As a player for the Italian team Internazionale he suffered racism from the start of the season to the finish. Samuel spoke out on the eve of the World Cup in South Africa about his experience of racism and his hopes for the World Cup. He believes that this African World Cup could go a long way to ending the scourge of racism in European football. Continue reading

Rio’s Place in History

History in the making

Watching England Captain Rio Ferdinand hobble on crutches after a nasty ligament injury is as painful for England fans to watch as it is for him to endure.

To be a black English captain playing in the first African World Cup in Mandela’s rainbow nation would have been quite an achievement for a footballer who has led the fight against racism in English football. Continue reading