The rebirth of a footballing nation: how Congolese football is once again among Africa’s best

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the second-largest country in Africa, and its fourth-most populated. It’s also a place as much enamoured with football as any other African nation, which, given its size, makes Congo arguably the continent’s greatest underachiever. That’s not to suggest Congolese football is unfamiliar with success, but rather that it…

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How Egypt’s Pharaohs arose from the abyss

When Egypt beat Tanzania 2-0 in June to qualify for the 2017 African Cup of Nations, it confirmed their first appearance at the tournament after failing to qualify for the last three editions. For ordinary Egyptians, it was a welcome sight to see their team return to Africa’s premier competition. More so because Egyptian football…

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Uganda take flight at last for AFCON 2017

Mandela National Stadium, to give it its official name, sits atop Namboole Hill, on the eastern outskirts of Kampala. Opened in 1997 and built by Chinese contractors, with Chinese investment, it was the focal point for two of Uganda’s defining moments in 2016. On 20 February, in the bowels of an increasingly dilapidated stadium, Dr…

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