Africa’s Elite Football: Structure, Politics, and Everyday Challenges

1st Edition

Chuka Onwumechili

November 28, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 288 Pages
ISBN 9780367138899 - CAT# K410061
Series: Routledge Contemporary Africa


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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.

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