Domestic political conflicts in African Football

Domestic political conflicts in African Football

May 29, 2020

Domestic political conflicts in ufabet African Football: English football may be the game of the people in Africa, but heads of state and prime ministers are equally engaged. Presidents Mugabe and Nkurunziza of Zimbabwe and Burundi respectively both publicly declared for Chelsea. Ian Khama, the President of Botswana, watched the national team play Togo wearing a vintage Manchester United jersey.

Domestic political conflicts in African Football

Domestic political conflicts in African Football

The vice-presidents of Nigeria and Kenya declared for Arsenal on Twitter. The first tweet from Kenya’s William Ruto read: ‘DP @WilliamsRuto: I support #Arsenal. I just don’t know where we are at the moment. #GOKInteracts.’ Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s VicePresident under Obasanjo in the 2000s, tweeted, in the midst of a particular fraught party conference, ‘this was just what is needed an @Arsenal win to lift me up at a moment like this.’

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda was amongst many African Arsenal fans who joined the Wenger in/Wenger out debate. Less vocal on social media but no less supportive were Rupiah Banda, President of Zambia between 2008 and 2011, Prince Seeiso, the younger brother of the King of Lesotho, Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma, and President Adama Barrow of the Gambia, who acquired the Arsenal habit whilst working as a security guard at an Argos catalogue store in north London.

Both of Africa’s richest individuals – the Nigerian king of concrete Aliko Dangote and Ethiopian-Saudi business magnate Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi – support Arsenal and have both suggested ยูฟ่าเบท that they would like to buy the club. The intersection of politicians and English football clubs has become so pervasive that African newspapers have begun to use the Premier League as a metaphor or analogy for their domestic political conflicts.

In Kenya, for example, politicians were systematically compared to Premier League clubs.12 William Ruto was Leicester City, who “emerged from nowhere ufabet and took the position of the big boys’, while Kalonzo Musyoka, an ex-vice-president whose own presidential ambitions had faded, was Manchester United, ‘once the talk of the town … but slowly depreciating.’