Tag: africa

How heroism and heartache shaped Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan

Ghana has come to the end of its own golden era in football. Over the past two decades, they’ve boasted world-class players and been guided by well-known managers, and Asamoah Gyan represents…

The misrepresentation of Zaire

MWEPU ILUNGA, with an iconic and unexpected break from the Zaire defensive wall, blasted the ball as high up the Parkstadion pitch as he possibly could. A startled Rivellino had to take…

Amr Zaki: the man who disappeared as quickly as he arrived

ON 12 DECEMBER 2017, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah was sitting top of the Premier League goalscoring charts, the Egyptian having netted an impressive 13 times since his summer move from Roma. On the…

The day a miracle saved Victor Obinna’s life

KNOWN FOR HIS STRING OF ACROBATIC SOMERSAULTS, often resembling Faustino Aspilla’s, Victor Obinna found himself one day doing a different type of somersault – one which scarily involved him, his car, and…

The rise and fall of Mido, Egypt’s volatile son

BACK WHEN I WAS NINE YEARS OLD, we had a family vacation in England. As we were walking down the street in Cobham, Surrey, my father spotted a couple of Chelsea players,…

Nigeria’s momentous triumph at the 1996 Olympic Games

AT LAST, THE BODY WENT LIMP. Ken Saro-Wiwa had been hung five times, but as his body grew cold, the executioners had finally fulfilled their order. The world was furious. “A bad trial,…