By Steve Bloomfield
Africa United is the tale of contemporary day Africa advised via its football. vacationing throughout 13 nations, from Cairo to the Cape, Steve Bloomfield, the previous Africa Correspondent for The Independent, meets gamers and lovers, politicians and insurgent leaders, getting to know the position that football has performed in shaping the continent. This wide-ranging and incisive booklet investigates Africa’s love of football, its expanding worldwide impression, the build-up to the 2010 international Cup itself and the social and political backdrop to the best express in the world.
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