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  1. Congo clubs built for continental play

    Firdose Moonda

    Football Africa

    Blog | Conversation | August 11, 2014
  2. Cameroon's landmark 1990 World Cup

    Firdose Moonda

    One of the misconceptions about Africa, which modern marketing is doing its best to undo, is that the continent can be spoken about as just one country. Some of the reasons it is regarded as such is because of the (mostly) shared history of coloniali...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  3. Morocco make it through

    Firdose Moonda

    African football's biggest fight on the global stage was for recognition. In 1966, the continent was so unhappy about what it saw as a snub from the game's administrators -- it was made to compete for a place at the World Cup against countries from A...

    Blog | May 28, 2014
  4. Leaving a legacy: Algeria's 1982 World Cup

    Firdose Moonda

    Everything got bigger in the 1980s: shoulder pads, trouser legs, hair and the World Cup. The expansion from 16 teams to 24 meant there was more space for regions that had previously been poorly represented. Africa were allocated two spots, which was ...

    Blog | May 22, 2014
  5. Tunisia finally taste World Cup glory for Africa

    Firdose Moonda

    Africa made its maiden showing at a World Cup in 1934, returned after a 32-year absence in 1970 and had sub-Saharan representation in 1974 -- but there was still some ground to break. The appearances were done, now it was time to make a point, or th...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  6. Zaire and the chaos of 1974

    Firdose Moonda

    Morocco put Africa back on the football map in 1970 when they became the second team from the north of the continent to appear at the World Cup -- 36 years after Egypt -- but the rest of Africa was unrepresented for a little longer. In 1974, though, ...

    Blog | May 19, 2014
  7. Ghana's defence in the spotlight

    Firdose Moonda

    The best way to find directions in the dark is by locating the North Star. But what do you do when it isn't there? Ghana's football team will find out in Brazil. Kwesi Appiah has opted to head to the tournament without the Black Stars' former capt...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  8. World Cup 1970 - Morocco scare the giants

    Firdose Moonda

    The 1970 World Cup contained two notable firsts; the first time the tournament was broadcast in colour and the first time an African team was guaranteed a place in the competition. After the 1966 boycott, FIFA set aside one spot solely for a represen...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  9. Finding a place for Africa

    Firdose Moonda

    Football is widely accepted as being the people's game, but for a long time, that was merely a mantra without meaning. Between 1938 and 1970, Africa did not make a single appearance at the tournament that marketed itself as a competition for everyone...

    Blog | May 14, 2014
  10. Ghana rely on speed to counter a tough group

    Firdose Moonda

    From twinkling at the group stage in 2006 to torching their way to the last eight in 2010, Ghana's Black Stars are tipped to be Africa's brightest light at the 2014 tournament. Although they hold neither the continental title, which belongs to Nigeri...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  11. Africa's first: Egypt at the 1934 World Cup

    Firdose Moonda

    A month from Monday, five African teams will line-up to represent the continent in Brazil. That may sound like plenty, but CAF is the confederation with the most number of FIFA members so in some circles, the World Cup allocations are considered to b...

    Blog | May 12, 2014
  12. APR march to Rwandan title glory

    Firdose Moonda

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, an event widely acknowledged as the lowest point in the history of the country, and possibly the African continent. It was also around that time the Armee Patriotique Rwandaise (APR) footb...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  13. Road to ANC begins with tricky first round qualifiers

    Firdose Moonda

    The president of the African champions of 2012, Kalusha Bwalya of Zambia, has called every team in their 2015 African Nations' Cup (ANC) qualifying group a "tough opponent." The coach of last year's semi-finalists Burkina Faso is more optimistic. "Pr...

    Blog | May 01, 2014
  14. Serero enjoying the winning feeling at Ajax

    Firdose Moonda

    That winning feeling. At least one South African footballer abroad is experiencing it. Thulani Serero, the 24-year-old midfielder from Johannesburg's Soweto township, enjoyed a third successive Dutch title with Ajax Amsterdam and this time he was...

    Blog | April 29, 2014
  15. Al-Ahly sign Said as Aboutrika replacement

    Firdose Moonda

    While Egyptian football was sent into turmoil against the backdrop of the country's revolution, Al-Ahly played as though nothing traumatic was going on at all. They racked up leagues titles -- extending their run to seven in succession -- and registe...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  16. Botswana's best; Selolwane to call it day

    Firdose Moonda

    After 17 years of controlling midfields from Gabarone to Chicago to Pretoria, Botswana's most recognised player, Dipsy Selolwane, is expected to hang up his boots. Reports emerging from South Africa suggest Selolwane will retire from all forms of foo...

    Blog | April 24, 2014