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Finding a perfect pitch

Fuller stadiums and more goals made a successful African Cup of Nations – but its stars need more financial and political backing

By the time the final whistle blew at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium to signal the end of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON), there was unanimous agreement that Côte d'Ivo...

Senegal's AfCON win boosts Africa's coaches

Hosts Cameroon crashed out in the semi-finals while the Confederation of African Football faces tough decisions on funding and independence from FIFA

As tens of thousands of ecstatic fans crowded on to the streets of Dakar to welcome home Senegal's national team – les Lions de la Téranga – after its defeat of ...

Shame about the politics

The players are good but big problems lie at the organisational level

It took Germany's historic 7-1 defeat of Brazil on 8 July to put the disappointing performance of African teams at the Fédération Internationale de Football Associati...

Football fever

Congo-Kinshasa wants to host major football tournaments and China is helping to prepare the country's mostly dilapidated stadiums

Congo-Kinshasa is bidding to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations, the continent’s most important football tournament. The Kinshasa government is counting on China’s he...

Maghreb’s early bath

If the Arab Spring was meant to breathe new vitality into all areas of North African life, nobody told the football teams at this year’s hugely popular Africa Cup of Nations. For t...

Booted out

Shock spread when South Africa, host of the 2010 World Cup, was knocked out in the first round after an ignominious 3-0 defeat by Zambia on 30 January. A furious President Thabo Mb...

And now the world

Held back by political and economic crises, Africa's football talent shines through

President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali's restrained applause after the national soccer team's victory in the African Cup of Nations on 14 February was, like many things in Tunisia, heav...

Wage inflation

Senegal's 1-0 quarter-final defeat by Turkey this week means that an African soccer team has not yet reached a World Cup semi-final (Cameroon lost a 1990 quarter-final to England)....

Kicking off

A fight for the FIFA Presidency points to divisions among Africa's officials

African soccer is in decent if not spectacular form. Leading the pack into the World Cup tournament in France this June are Nigeria's talented Super Eagles, ahead of the other Afri...

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