The living and the dead: Afro Football Fever: On behalf of our continent, to stage an event that will send ripples of confidence from the Cape to Cairo ufabet – an event that will create social and economic opportunities throughout Africa.
We want to ensure that, one day, historians will reflect upon the 2010 FIFA World Cup as a moment when Africa stood tall and resolutely turned the tide on centuries of poverty and conflict. We want to show that Africa’s time has come.
The Rise of African Football
Africa has been playing and following football for over a century and a half. Despite its British origins it became the dominant sport in the colonies of every European empire.
Despite its imperial connotations it served, widely, as an instrument of the independence movements and, later, in the shape of CAF ufabet and the continental tournaments it created, a practical example of pan-African co-operation and identity.
By the early 1990s Africa was considered the third continent in global football, its national sides way ahead of Asia and Central America at the World Cup, its best players finding their way to the top of European football, and its administrators a real power bloc in the politics of FIFA.
Its domestic football was often erratic, but the biggest clubs, and the great derbies that had developed, were drawing enormous crowds, and the fever for playing and watching the game was palpable.
Thus, twenty years later, Africa’s first World Cup was serving as a cipher for the rising status and immense potential of the world’s youngest continent in an increasingly globalized world. Certainly the successful staging of the South African World Cup was a blow against the Afro-pessimists and their scaremongering.
It was possible to discern something of the continent’s intense relationship with football in its manufactured spaces, filled by the intense buzzing of ten thousand vuvuzelas, Pentecostal choirs in the stands, and every African uniting behind the Ghanaians.