Who is going to lance the smelly boil of racism?

January 4, 2013 Articles 1 Comment

Finally… An African player had the gumption to walk off the pitch, after getting an earful of repeated racist abuse from stupid, ignorant ‘fans’ from the terraces… Ghanaian Kevin-Prince “KP” Boateng, the AC Milan attacking midfielder, fed up of racist chanting from fans of Pro Partia, a lower league Italian club they were playing against, […]

Read more Leave comment

A season for sober reflection, not silly backslapping…

December 24, 2012 Articles 1 Comment

Several, if not most, readers of this blog – and my opinion pieces, in NewAfrican magazine and elsewhere, on the parlous, critical state of African football – wouldn’t hesitate (I hope!) to confirm that I’m a bloke that calls a machete a machete, regardless of whose administrative or presidential ox is gored. So, despite being […]

Read more Leave comment

The potentate gets his way…

December 11, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” – Niccolo Machiavelli. So, after all the fun and games, it is now out in the open – Issa Hayatou will certainly […]

Read more Leave comment

And the African Footballer of the Year for 2012 should be…

November 28, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

It has come to that usual time of the year, when we reward players for distinguishing themselves, head and shoulders above their peers. Having played a key role in organising three editions of the prestigious BBC African Footballer of the Year award, I know, first hand, how cumbersome it is to organise a big-time event. […]

Read more Leave comment

Are Ahly kings in a continent of hobbled clubs?

November 21, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

Just imagine a Manchester United, Bayern Munich or Juventus being out of domestic league and Cup action for 10 long months and winning the UEFA Champions’ League, ahead of razor-sharp sides that play week in, week out… Can any informed student of the game imagine that as a probable, logical outcome? An absentee club’s lack […]

Read more Leave comment

An afternoon in Abidjan – Part One

November 20, 2012 Articles 1 Comment

Read more Leave comment

Exclusive – Anouma breaks his silence

November 9, 2012 Articles 3 Comments

Read more Leave comment

Juju, Hocus-Pocus and Abracadabra…

November 8, 2012 Articles 3 Comments

One of my most memorable experiences, whilst still a full-time reporter, presenter and producer at the BBC, was an intervention I made during an edition of the defunct “Fast Track”, the ground-breaking magazine programme on African sport, on the World Service, which began in 1992 but was inexplicably laid to rest, after an amazing 20-year run. […]

Read more Leave comment

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose…

November 1, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

Members of the CAF executive committee

Edmund Burke, the 18th century British philosopher and politician, made a very poignant observation about the visceral, brutal nature of combat in the moral square. “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an un-pitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle,” he said. There appears to be a frightening […]

Read more Leave comment

An afternoon in Abidjan – Part 2

October 26, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

In the concluding part of this exclusive interview, which began last week, Jacques Anouma talks about FIFA, reveals his thoughts on why African teams have flattered to deceive at World Cup finals and why, during his time in charge of Ivorian football, he took a very controversial decision (I would describe it as wrong) that […]

Read more Leave comment

Elephants, Eagles and Gazelles. But no Indomitable Lions…

October 15, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

Four-time African Footballer of the Year, Samuel Eto'o will miss out on yet another Nations Cup.

Who would have thought it? The once fearsome Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, courtesy of a teeny weeny Island called Cape Verde, will not appear at a second successive Africa Cup of Nations, the first time in 30 long years such a calamity will befall the four-time African Champions. Or that Ethiopia, the 1962 African Champions, […]

Read more Leave comment

“Football does not begin with footballers…”

October 4, 2012 Articles 1 Comment

Joseph-Antoine Bell (pictured above), the former Marseille, St Etienne and Cameroon goalkeeper, also a 1988 Africa Cup of Nations winner, has a reputation for speaking plainly about the parlous state of football in his home country and continent. And it has often been to the detriment of the 57 year old’s personal interests. A decision […]

Read more Leave comment