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Vol 51 No 15

Published 23rd July 2010


What mattered was the football

World Cup fever overshadowed both a spectacular political row and preparations for a new constitution

Robert Mugabe has earned a reputation as one of the globe's leading gatecrashers but his poise, self-confidence and chutzpah have not rubbed off on his travelling entourage. Officially invited to the football World Cup opening and closing matches in South Africa, President Mugabe arrived at the VIP box with a platoon of henchmen. The world football authority, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) allowed only Robert and Grace Mugabe in and the rest, including Robert Junior, were shown the red card and had to find less august billets.

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