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Africa’s Elite Football

Structure, Politics, and Everyday Challenges, 1st Edition

Edited by Chuka Onwumechili


288 pages

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This book explores various aspects of intra-national elite football in Africa, drawing upon the expertise of notable scholars from across the world.

Africa’s Elite Football focuses on an area largely ignored by current scholarship on African football where interest has focused on international migration. In exploring the intra-national, the book is written in two parts. The first is a general focus on the continent and the second is an examination of country cases. The general focus of the book is on the nature of elite tier leagues, the relationship between politics and football, the media, youth academies, intra-national migration and fans. Notably, chapters on topics such as intra-national migration present ground-breaking scholarship in this area. Currently, football discourses on migration focus on international migration of footballers and yet the majority of migration in African football is intra-national. Thus, by addressing the intra-national, this book brings attention to an area that is underrepresented in the current academic discourse. The second part of the book, which focuses on country cases, covers Botswana, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The topics explored in those cases include religiosity, health, women’s football, media, and management. The coverage of health-related issues is particularly important given that several books on African football rarely broach such a topic.

With its unique approach to African football, this book will be of interest to scholars and students of sports history, African studies, politics in sports and African sports.

Table of Contents

Part 1: General Issues in African Football

1. The Structure and Nature of Professional Elite Leagues in Africa

Chuka Onwumechili

2. The State, Fans and Football Politics

Chuka Onwumechili, Totty O. Totty

3. Elite Local Leagues and Transnational Broadcast of European Football

Unwana Samuel Akpan

4. The Rise of Football Academies

Chuka Onwumechili and Jason Perry

5. Socioeconomic Analysis of African Footballers’ Migration to Europe: Elements for Decision Making based on the West African Case

Ernest Y. Acheampong, Malek Bouhaouala and Michel Raspaud

6. Intra-National Football Migrations and Impact

Chuka Onwumechili and Unwana Samuel Akpan

7. Globalization of Football Match Fixing: Experiences from Africa

Manase Kudzai Chiweshe

8. Culture of Magic and Sorcery in African Football

Simiyu Njororai

9. African Fandom: From Cape Town to Cairo

Chuka Onwumechili

Part 2: Country Cases

10.From Ethnic Community to a Popular Culture: The Case of Gor Mahia Football Fandom in Kenya

Solomon Waliaula and Joseph Basil Okong’o

11. Egypt: Encountering an Infusion of Middle East Cash

Chuka Onwumechili

12.Nigeria: Women Football League and Struggle for Survival

Chuka Onwumechili and Mark Beckford

13. What Model for Football Club Management in Africa? A Case Study of Two Football Teams in Senegal

Gerard Akindes

14. Mediatization of Zimbabwe’s Professional Football League Management Style and Intellectual Property Rights in Crisis Times

Lyton Ncube and Nhamo Anthony Mhiripiri

15. The Magical Economy of the Botswana Local Football League

Jimoh Shehu

16. Religiosity in African Football: ‘Magic’ and Christianity in the Zambian Game in Colonial and Modern Times

Hikabwa D. Chipande, Nelly Mwale and Joseph Chita

17. Nigeria: Health and Medical Issues in Elite Football

Babatunde Akinbinu, Ayomide Olabode, and Chukwuemeka Emmanuel Agi

About the Editor

Chuka Onwumechili is a Professor of Communications in the Strategic, Legal and Management Department at Howard University, Washington D.C., United States of America.

About the Series

Routledge Contemporary Africa

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies