Category: Africa

Revolving-door policy | SA youth development suffers as coaches march through

Cape Town, South Africa | According to the Cape Argus, Stuart Baxter‘s resignation as manager of Bafana Bafana points to deep structural flaws in the domestic game. Baxter last week became the 13th coach of the national team to resign since the nation was readmitted to FIFA in 1992. “It doesn’t matter if Sir Alex Ferguson […]

South Africa vice | Culture of drink infiltrates upper echelon

Johannesburg | The Sunday Times delves into the drinking culture surrounding clubs in the Premier Soccer League and the national team, Bafana Bafana. “For every emerging star,” writes Luke Alfred, “there is another has-been propping up a shebeen counter in Mamelodi.” As a cautionary tale, Alfred focuses on Mbulelo “Old John” Mabizela, among five players who […]

Making appeals | Weah asks supporters for calm

Monrovia, Liberia | Two thousand supporters of the Congress for Democratic Change—the party of presidential candidate George Weah—rallied Friday afternoon to protest results that favored Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the Nov 8 runoff. “The streets of Monrovia don’t belong to violent people,” Weah told the crowd. “Do not, in the name of peace, go in the streets and […]

Zimbabwe | Seeking greener fields in UK

Harare, Zimbabwe, Sept 29| Adulation and scorn for footballers often are two sides of the same coin, as demonstrated in Zimbabwe over the past month.

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