African Football, Identity Politics and Global Media by Tendai Chari, Nhamo A. Mhiripiri

By Tendai Chari, Nhamo A. Mhiripiri

This edited quantity addresses key debates round African soccer, id building, fan cultures, and either African and international media narratives. utilizing the 2010 FIFA international Cup in South Africa as a lens, it explores how soccer in Africa is in detail sure up with deeper social, cultural and political currents.

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Despite promising to escalate the growing unity of the continent in its quest to escape the quagmire of poverty, the reality reported in this research was far from the romanticized narrative promoted. These authors reported that in reality, in order to accommodate the World Cup, ordinary South Africans were forced to make immediate personal sacrifices. These included abandoning local food-stalls to major international food suppliers, gentrification and eviction from certain areas, and less public spending on social and community projects.

Korr & Close, 2008: 212) 18 FIFA 2010 World Cup and Identity Construction The importance of sport was recognized in an international struggle to highlight the horror of apartheid. From the late 1960s on, thanks to global campaigns, sport became a crucial means of isolating South Africa through the Gleneagles Agreement and associated bans. The state’s transformation in the mid-1990s into a democracy ushered the nation back into the pantheon of global sporting competition, from which it had been isolated for over 20 years.

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