n African Journal of Business and Economic Research - Giving the beautiful game a "pretty" bad name : a viewpoint on African football

Volume 5, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1750-4554
  • E-ISSN: 1750-4562


This paper highlights the good, bad and ugly side of professional football in Africa (broadly defined to incorporate both sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa). On the good side, the contribution of African players to the European premier leagues has been reported (Madichie, 2008) including the specific case of the English Premier League (Madichie, 2009). On the bad side, the management of African football teams is rather appalling from the suspension handed down by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) - while FIFA looks on in silence - to the Togolese team for pulling out of the recently concluded African Nations Cup after being brutally attacked in the border town of Cabinda (Angola) to the sack of the Nigerian coach as well as the entire team and management of the Benin side both for poor performances. The ugly side is the current state of anarchy and the politically charged hatred between two North African giants Egypt and Algeria who have met about four times in four months amidst violence. The question is whether this beautiful game called football is deserving of such a bad name as all eyes look towards the continent again this summer?

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