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Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note Being the editor of a journal is a lesson in humility and patience.  Humility is necessary because this is much one cannot control.  Previously, I have mentioned my goal as editor is to establish a regular schedule for producing the journal.  Obviously, that goal is still to be realized.  So many other things […]

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Questions of Identity at the 2010 World Cup – A Case Study of Grahamstown’s Football Supporters

Questions of Identity at the 2010 World Cup – A Case Study of Grahamstown’s Football Supporters Astrid Vogel vogel_astrid@yahoo.com ABSTRACT This article focuses on the ways in which football supporters in Grahamstown supported teams participating in the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup. It seeks to determine in what ways their support was affected by their […]

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Migration of Nigerian Footballers “Oh Lord, you are the Lord who remembered John Obi Mikel, Christiano Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho – remember us as you remembered them”

Migration of Nigerian Footballers “Oh Lord, you are the Lord who remembered John Obi Mikel, Christiano Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho – remember us as you remembered them” Chuka Onwumechili Howard University COnwumechili@howard.edu Abstract While several scholars such as Darby (2000), Lanfranchi and Taylor (2001), and Bale (2004) have reported on migration of African footballers, Onwumechili (2010, […]

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African Soccerscapes

African Soccerscapes By Peter Alegi Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 2010 Jennifer McArdle Assistant Editor For many people in the West, soccer and the African continent are inextricably tied. Just the word “Africa” can conjure images of barefoot youth kicking a makeshift ball on dusty African streets or hordes of raucous fans waving flags and […]

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Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note When I began the editorship of IMPUMELELO, one of my goals was to establish a regular schedule for producing volumes of the journal.  That has proven to be much more difficult than I anticipated. Life has a way of disrupting schedules, and it certainly has here. The reasons are many – an irregular […]

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Football and Politics in Africa: A Comment on The Rebel Attack on The Togolese National Team During Angola 2010 and Its Aftermath

Football and Politics in Africa: A Comment on The Rebel Attack on The Togolese National Team During Angola 2010 and Its Aftermath John Emeka Akude Research Fellow German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn Adviser, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development Introduction Unknown to many observers and experts on African politics, football has always been […]

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The Super-diplomat: Thabo Mbeki’s African Renaissance and South Africa FIFA World Cup 2010

The Super-diplomat: Thabo Mbeki’s African Renaissance and South Africa FIFA World Cup 2010 Siphokazi Magadla Rhodes University South Africa Abstract In defining Thabo Mbeki as the super-diplomat, Olivier argues that “while the original pan-Africanists sought the ‘political kingdom’ for Africa,” Thabo Mbeki “casts himself as a neo-pan-Africanist, seeking the economic kingdom for the ailing continent.”[1] This […]

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The Use of Communications Technology Among Commercial Sex Workers in Johannesburg: Influences of the 2010 FIFA World Cup

The Use of Communications Technology Among Commercial Sex Workers in Johannesburg: Influences of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Andrew Carlson Communication, Writing and the Arts Metropolitan State University andrew.carlson@metrostate.edu Abstract Prior to the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, held in South Africa, policy makers, public health experts, and sex workers themselves noted that […]

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The African Football Development Model

The African Football Development Model Eugene Augustus “Gusty” Cooper, Jr. African Governance and Economics Naval War College Abstract The world usually looks at the African countries as unequal, third-world partners; on the football pitch, the African states take a back seat to no one.  This paper explores the relationship between African football, African governments, African […]