Africa Nations Cup: The spectacle and the debacles

The euphoria of watching international stars descending on an African pitch and playing football is once again with us. After all, these are our stars and the truth is they should actually be entertaining us in all fairness.

Admittedly, fairness is overrated and that is why these guys spend most of their time entertaining Tony Blair, Beyonce, Shakira, Steve Harvey and other celebrities who might just have a problem with their names being quoted on an African tabloid.

The Afcon is a big deal here. Everyone gets involved including presidents. Presidents are known to become instant coaches in some countries. You will hear him (it is always a male president) say something like ‘if the coach does not include John Ballbender in his squad there will be no bonuses and his job is not guaranteed’). FIFA abhors this and have a special rule coined something like ‘no government interference in football matters’. Obviously it would be phrased differently from the way I have quoted here with more legal terms and a litany of terms like shall, notwithstanding, therein and some Latin terms just to make it more difficult to interpret. However, some African presidents operate on a FIFA-be-damned mode so Ballbender will be included.

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