The Blatter interview – Uncut

September 29, 2012 Articles 1 Comment

FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter

As promised, if you read the abridged version in the current October issue of NewAfrican magazine, here is the full version of my exclusive interview with Joseph Sepp Blatter, the FIFA president, which took place during the 2012 London Olympics. Enjoy the read… Osasu Obayiuwana: At the 2011 FIFA congress, you promised to clean up […]

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Glory, yes. But where’s the reward?

September 21, 2012 Articles 1 Comment

While attending the final stages of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) in Khartoum, Sudan last year, I bumped into Suketu Patel of the Seychelles. In case you do not know who Patel is, he is the first vice-president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the chairman of its finance committee. Being in […]

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A plunge into the deep, dark night…

September 8, 2012 Articles 5 Comments

CAF president Issa Hayatou (left) with Orlando Pirates chief Irvin Khoza (right)

Niccolo Machiavelli, who wrote the amoral 16th century political treatise, “The Prince” – on ruthlessly acquiring power, as well as maintaining an iron-clad hold on it – would have been quite proud of his faithful disciples, as they followed his playbook, to the letter, at last Monday’s CAF extraordinary General Assembly in the Seychelles. 44 […]

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Will Cameroon clean up its stinking mess?

September 2, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

Fans are largely in support of Samuel Eto'o's views on the poor state of the Indomitable Lions

I write this on a bright Sunday morning, in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, where I am on a four-day visit to TP Mazembe and will have the pleasure of watching today’s CAF Champions League match between the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup runners-up and Ahly of Egypt. My reportage on this trip will come in subsequent […]

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FIFA 2015 A.B (After Blatter): Where goes Africa?

August 23, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

FIFA President Sepp Blatter opening the DR Congo technical centre, funded by its financial assistance programme.

Even with thirty-six months to the 2015 FIFA presidential election, there is no doubt that the campaign to succeed Sepp Blatter has begun, as he clearly acknowledged during our lengthy chat in London, during the Olympic games. And while the wily old politician would never reveal, to an insistent, nosey-parker journalist like me (I am […]

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Who dislikes football’s first lady?

August 16, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

For those of you that followed my exclusive reports, on the BBC’s African football website, on the performance of the African contingent at the London 2012 Olympic Games and the tournament review that followed, there’s no need to repeat what went wrong there and what must be done to ensure we do not have a […]

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Blatter, Hayatou and me…

August 3, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

For those of you following my exclusive Olympic reports for the BBC’s African football website – a site I used to edit, once upon a time, you’d already have figured out why my posts here have not appeared with the regularity that they should have been, during an Olympic games… As you can imagine, it’s […]

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Olympic Postcard: A woman of substance

July 26, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

Brazil's Marta Vieira Da Silva won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

Cardiff, Wales – July 25th: With Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses and South Africa’s Banyana Banyana suffering rather humiliating defeats to Brazil and Sweden (5-0 and 4-1, respectively) in Wednesday’s opening group games of the tournament, it is extremely tempting for me to express my anger and indeed, deep dismay, over the humiliation the continent suffered. The […]

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And CAF’s macabre dance continues…

July 15, 2012 Articles 1 Comment

There is a plan by CAF mandarins to disqualify Jacques Anouma (pictured) from contesting the CAF presidency

After the draw for the final round of qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa, I got a very interesting but extremely disturbing message from a member of the inner sanctum of the Confederation of African Football, (CAF), after he had returned to his home country. “Hayatou [Issa Hayatou, the President […]

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An issue that speaks not its name

July 7, 2012 Articles 1 Comment

I remember the day very clearly… Thursday, 22nd January 2004; Venue was the posh Abou Nawas Hotel, in the Tunisian capital of Tunis, just before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations in that year. Cameroonian Issa Hayatou had fended off, yet again, another challenge to his reign as the all-powerful potentate of the African […]

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Football, Racism & Me – (but not in that order)

June 21, 2012 Articles 1 Comment

Mario Balotelli (receiving a red card) is not football's poster child - but his proposed actions on racism are right

As my 25th anniversary of being a football reporter, writer and broadcaster beckons, the subject of race, in life, as well as in football, is simmering in my mind. It is an appropriate accident of fate that I am writing about this subject from the West Tower of Nelson Mandela Square in the Johannesburg suburb […]

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The coach is always the fall guy, right?

June 8, 2012 Articles Leave a comment

Pitso Mosimane got the chop from his job as South Africa manager on Tuesday

I’ve always known that Pitso Mosimane, who got the chop from his job as South Africa manager on Tuesday, after an admittedly disappointing 1-1 draw in last weekend’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia, had taken up a poisoned chalice. With 12 months being the average career lifespan of a Bafana-Bafana boss over the last […]

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