Sport in Africa

Malawi netball girls

The NVAS (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Afrikastudies) Africa Day 2016 will take place on 15 October. This year’s theme is “Sport in Africa”. The programme focuses on the social aspects of sport and, through thematic sessions on games, empowerment, history and economics, highlights how sport is increasingly used as an instrument for positive social change.

To mark this occasion, the ASCL Library has compiled a web dossier about Sport in Africa. The dossier starts with an introduction to the subject by Dr. Victor Onyebueke, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nigeria. As an ASCL Visiting Fellow in 2015, he conducted research on the theme “Globalisation, Football and emerging urban ‘tribes’: Fans of the European Leagues in a Nigerian city”.

The web dossier contains titles from the ASCL Library catalogue published from 2010. Each title links to the corresponding record in the ASCL Library’s online catalogue, which provides abstracts and full text links (if available). The dossier concludes with links to a number of relevant websites.

Introduction / Sport general / Football / Football-World Cup 2010 / Other sports / Web resources


Sports encompass a diversity of physical activities, directed by simple rules, in which people compete either as individuals or groups to win prizes and/or for fun. Although sports and games have existed in rudimentary forms in almost all cultures, modern sports like football (or soccer), cricket, hockey, etc. were spread around the world by European colonial governments as part of their ‘civilising’ and ‘control’ programmes – a modernising project in which the British Empire played a very significant role. Sports can be broadly divided into three categories: team sports (e.g. football, basketball, and hockey), individual sports (athletics, cycling, golf, tennis, etc.) and combat sports (boxing, judo, taekwondo, etc.).

The globalising tendencies of sports – marked by rising global media coverage, labour specialisation, internationalisation of sports organisations and management consultancies, as well as greater professionalism and global mobility among elite athletes/footballers with the consequent advent of electronic fans – have grown in tandem with its importance for personal, societal and national development. Human sporting activities are connected with physical fitness, health, education, identity formation, as well as other personal and social development benefits that accrue both to the active participants (players and competitors) and the passive participants (spectators and fans). As a socio-cultural phenomenon, sports continues to play different and sometimes contradictory roles on the local, national and global stages as a vehicle of: resistance and protest (e.g. in pre-independent Zanzibar and more recently, in Egypt’s ‘Arab Spring’ uprising); racial division and disharmony (like in Apartheid South Africa); and political antipathy and coercion (e.g. the ban of Apartheid South Africa from the Olympic Games in 1960 and countless cases of event boycotts). That said, astounding successes have been recorded with agency for social cohesion, nation building and global peace. Today, the sports system has become a key subject of interdisciplinary research.    

Football is the most popular and globalised sport in the world. Africa is no exception. The ‘beautiful game’ owes its popularity to simplicity, working-class appeal, universal and egalitarian value, and the game’s lack of selectiveness regarding equipment and facilities, physical build, and geographical features. All 54 African countries (including a non-regional member, Réunion) have functioning football leagues administered by national governing bodies under the umbrella of Confederation of African Football. African national teams and clubs in the FIFA World Cup and Club World Championship have had measured success. So far, only Morocco has reached the quarter final round in the 1990 World Cup in Italy.

Undoubtedly, the announcement of South Africa as the host nation of the 2010 World Cup, on 15 May 2004, opened a bright page in Africa’s global football aspiration. The euphoria of the ‘African World Cup’, which led Nelson Mandela to say he felt ‘like a young man of 15’, was felt by most if not all Africans. Consequently, politicians, bureaucrats and academics alike had to confront serious issues of mega-sports event organisation and finance as well as the task of untangling dreams from realities.

Other popular sports in Africa include basketball, athletics, cricket and rugby. While Kenya is a global player in marathons, South Africa has world renowned cricket and rugby champions. In some localities, a number of traditional sports such as Dambe boxing (Nigeria), Nguni or ‘stick fighting’ (South Africa), donkey racing (Kenya), etc. are also thriving.

Dr. Victor U. Onyebueke
University of Nigeria, Nsukka (and Enugu Campus)

Sport general

"These our games" - sport and the Church of Scotland Mission to Kenya, c. 1907-1937 / Tom Cunningham Cover Vuvuzelanation
In: History in Africa: (2016), vol. 43, p. 259-288

Print media and the history of women's sport in Africa: the Kenyan case of barriers to international achievement / Michelle Sikes
In: History in Africa: (2016), vol. 43, p. 323-345

450 questions sur la RD Congo/ Erick Mbienga Nkansa. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 2015

Development, politics and the feasability of hosting the olympic games in Africa / Pieter Labuschagne
In: Politeia: (2015), vol. 34, no. 2, p. 24-39

Effects of an exercise programme with people living with HIV: research in a disadvantaged setting / Clemens Ley
In: African Journal of AIDS Research: (2014), vol. 13, no. 4, p. 313-319

Etnia e raça no desporto beirense da época colonial : o caso dos 'sino-moçambicanos' / Eduardo Medeiros
In: Cadernos de Estudos Africanos: (2013), no. 26, p. 43-81 : foto's, tab.

The West African sports official : an insider's view of sports administration / Walter E. A. Beek
In: Paideuma / Frobenius-Institut: (2013), Bd. 59, p. 77-101 : foto.

Tourisme sportif et identités : les pratiquants de canoe en Zambie / Antoine Marsac
In: Cadernos de Estudos Africanos: (2013), no. 26, p. 83-103.

Vuvuzelanation : Zapiro on SA sport, 1995-2013/ Zapiro & Mike Wills. - Auckland Park : Jacana Media; in association with Zaprock Productions, 2013

Yelepe : être homme : initiations traditionnelles et éducation corporelle au Burkina Faso/ Albert Sanon. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 2013. - (Études africaines)

"Multinational sport participation replaces apartheid sport in South Africa 1967-1978": the role of BJ Vorster and PGJ Koornhof / Juan Klee
In: New Contree: (2012), no. 64, p. 155-170.

An analysis of the level of participation in sport by learners with disabilities in inclusive settings / Tapiwa Mudyahoto & Francis Emson Dakwa
In: Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research: (2012), vol. 24, no. 3, p. 303-310.

Le développement du sport de performance au Bénin: de l'analyse d'un modèle à un essai de problématique globale / Souaibou Gouda & Georges Kpazai
In: Africa Development: (2012), vol. 37, no. 2, p. 97-118

Sports, identités culturelles et développement en Afrique noire francophone : la sociologie des jeux traditionnels et du sport moderne au Congo-Brazzaville/ Joseph Bouzoungoula. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 2012

Uniting communities through sports : a case study of the Kenya-Uganda Karamoja Peace Dialogues and Tegla Loroupe Peace Races held in Moroto and Kapenguria in 2011. - [Nairobi] : National Steering Committee on Peacebuilding and Conflict Management, 2012

Africa, sport and the archive : the SCOLMA conference 2011/ John Pinfold & others. - London : SCOLMA, 2011. - (African research and documentation, ISSN 0305-862X ; no. 116)

Delineating structural and ethical shades of sports administration in Zimbabwe : a case study of Mashonaland Central's rural schools / Fainos Mangena
In: Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research: (2011), vol. 23, no. 1, p. 71-84 : fig. , tab.

Ndizotheka = It is possible / Benjamin Jordan. - [S.l.] : THe Above + Beyond Documentary Society, 2011. - 1 dvd-video (61 min.). : kleur, gel.

No need to lie/ Rolf Rainer Schmid / Naima Kassim (ed.). - Nairobi : Moran Publishers, 2011

Peace beyond borders : a documentary about conflict in the border region of Sudan, Uganda and Kenya and the quest for peaceful alternatives / Nanno Jiskoot. - Utrecht : Jisk Film, 2011. - 1 dvd-video (35 min.). : kleur, gel.

Purpose of physical education as perceived by PE students : the goal-orientation approach / Cyprian N. Maro
In: Papers in Education and Development: (2011), no. 30, p. 154-178 : tab.

Sport et mouvements de jeunesse dans l'émancipation politique du Rwanda colonial : histoire d'une libération imaginée (1935-1961)/ Thomas Riot. - [Strasbourg] : Université de Strasbourg, Faculté des Sciences du sport, École Doctorale Sciences de l'Homme et des sociétés, 2011

'We don't want crumbs, we want bread' : non-racial sport, the international boycott and South African liberals, 1956-1990 / Christopher Merrett
In: The English Academy Review: (2010), vol. 27, no. 2, p. 81-93.

Coopération sportive française en Afrique : 1960-2000/ Marcel Piney. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 2010. - (Points de vue)

De la significativité de liens inter-matières: quels rapports entre performances en éducation physique et sportive et performances dans les autres matières d'enseignement au lycée? / Léopold B. Badolo
In: Cahiers du CERLESHS: (2010), t. 25, no. 35, p. 205-222 : tab.

Gender, sport, and development in Africa : cross-cultural perspectives on patterns of representations and marginalization / Jimoh Shehu (ed.). - Dakar : CODESRIA, 2010. - (CODESRIA book series)

Genre et sport en Afrique : entre pratiques et politiques publiques / Monia Lachheb (ed.). - Dakar : CODESRIA, 2010

L'ASEC Mimosas, un dossier/ Roger Ouegnin & Lucien Mathieu N'Gouin-Claih. - Abidjan : Nouvelles Editions Ivoiriennes, 2010

La locomotion pédestre en Afrique précoloniale: activité sportive ou corvée? / Koffi Nutefé Tsigbé
In: Cahiers du CERLESHS: (2010), t. 25, no. 36, p. 21-52 : ill. , krt. , tab.

Lumières noires de l'humanité : inventeurs, héros, artistes et sportifs/ Oumar Dioume. - [Dakar] : IFAN Ch. A. Diop, 2010

The race to transform : sport in post-apartheid South Africa / Ashwin Desai (ed.). - Cape Town : HSRC Press, 2010


"Grown-ups on white plastic chairs:" soccer and separatism in Senegal, 1969-2012 / Mark Deets Cover Global perspectives on football
In: History in Africa: (2016), vol. 43, p. 347-374

Globalisation, football and emerging urban 'tribes' : fans of the European leagues in a Nigerian city/ Victor U. Onyebueke. - Leiden : African Studies Centre, 2015. - (ASC working paper ; 120)

Moralising magic? : a brief history of football potions in a South African homeland area, 1958 - 2010 / Isak Niehaus
In: Special issue: homelands as frontiers : apartheid's loose ends / [ed. by Steffen Jensen & Olaf Zenker]. (Journal of Southern African studies, vol. 41, no. 5): (2015), p. 1053-1066.

The malicious football game : urban interactions and power relations in Lourenço Marques, capital of colonial Mozambique / Nuno Domingos
In: Journal of Southern African Studies: (2015), vol. 41, no. 2, p. 315-334

White paper on the report of the commission of inquiry into matters relating to the participation of the Black Stars Team in the World Cup Tournament in Brazil 2014. - [S.l. : s.n.], 2015. - (White paper ; no. 1/2015)

Inter-race soccer and the 1960 riots in Durban, South Africa / Mphumeleli Ngidi
In: Historia: (2014), vol. 59, no. 2, p. 326-343. Notes, ref. , sum. in English and Afrikaans

Never say die! : the autobiography of a Ghanaian statesman/ Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe & Felix Odartey-Wellington. - Accra : CallPrint Ghana Ltd, 2014

Urban football performances: playing for the neighbourhood in Senegal, 1950s-2000s / Susann Baller
In: Africa / International African Institute: (2014), vol. 84, no. 1, p. 17-35

[Ghana journals]

'Let us rally around the flag': football, nation-building, and pan-Africanism in Kwame Nkrumah's Ghana / Paul Darby
In: Journal of African History: (2013), vol. 54, no. 2, p. 221-246.

'Meta-societies' and 'play communities' : the function of play to Liberian youth football players / Holly Collison
In: Cadernos de Estudos Africanos: (2013), no. 26, p. 105-126.

Coffi Codjia : un sifflet en or : (vie et parcours exceptionnel d'une icône de l'arbitrage africain : biographie)/ Sabin Loumedjinon. - [Cotonou, Benin?] : [s.n.], 2013

Das bancas de matraquilhos ao "campo dos caranguejos", dos estádios aos terreiros : campos de jogos num espaço microinsular do tempo colonial ao pós-independência / Augusto Nascimento
In: Cadernos de Estudos Africanos: (2013), no. 26, p. 177-222 : foto's.

Following the ball : African soccer players, labor strategies and emigration across the Portuguese colonial empire, 1949-1975 / Todd Cleveland
In: Cadernos de Estudos Africanos: (2013), no. 26, p. 15-41 : ill.

Ghana, the rediscovered soccer might : watch out world!/ Okyere Bonna. - Charlotte, NC : Okab, 2013

Global perspectives on football in Africa : visualising the game / Susann Baller, Giorgio Miescher, & Ciraj Rassool (ed.). - London [etc.] : Routledge, 2013. - (Sport in the global society, Contemporary perspectives)

Les migrations des footballeurs d'Outre-Mer à destination de la Métropole / Bertrand Piraudeau
In: Les Cahiers d'Outre Mer: (2013), vol. 264, no. 4, p. 469-480 : tab.

Semantic extensions, idiomaticity and analogy in soccer discourse among Dholuo speakers of Kenya / Benson Ojwang
In: Language Matters: (2013), vol. 44, no. 1, p. 122-140.

Big men playing football : money, politics and foul play in the African game/ Arnold Pannenborg. - Leiden : African Studies Centre, 2012. - (African studies collection, ISSN 1876-0198 ; 43)

Integrating a popular sport into the patrimony in a South African provincial town : the case of football in Stellenbosch / Sylvain Cubizolles
In: African Studies: (2012), vol. 71, no. 1, p. 108-126.

La véritable histoire du football congolais/ Ghislain Joseph Gabio. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 2012

NAZRA : New Sudanese documentary films / Nada Hafiez & others. - Khartoum : Goethe Institut, 2012. - 1 dvd-video (62 min.). : kleur, gel.

Football, the new battlefield of business in Algeria : Djezzy and Nedjma ... RANA MAK YA AL-KHDRA / Mahfoud Amara
In: The Journal of North African Studies: (2011), vol. 16, no. 3, p. 343-360.

Problematising, blaming, moralising and recommending: media framing of Super Eagles' performance and effect on fans / Chuka Onwumechili
In: Africa Media Review: (2011), vol. 19, no. 1/2, p. 27-47

Thierry Henry as 'Igwe': soccer fandom, christening and cultural passage in Nollywood / Senayon Olaoluwa & Adewole Adejayan
In: Journal of African Cinemas: (2011), vol. 3, no. 1, p. 25-42.

Ways with soccer in Africa / Robert Muponde & Abebe Zegeye (ed.). - Abingdon [etc.] : Routledge, 2011. - (African identities, ISSN 1472-5843 ; vol. 9, no. 3 (November 2011))

'Go outside': the history, economics and geography of Ghanaian football labour migration / Paul Darby
In: African Historical Review: (2010), vol. 42, no. 1, p. 19-41 : graf.

African arenas/ Thomas Hoeffgen / Nadine Barth (ed.). - Ostfildern : Hatje Cantz, 2010

African soccerscapes : how a continent changed the world's game/ Peter Alegi. - London : C. Hurst, 2010

Beyond the pitch of the 'Palancas Negras' : social, cultural and political discourses among the inhabitants of Luanda and in the media about the Africa Cup of Nations 2010/ Wies van der Linden. - Leiden : [s.n.], 2010

Big men, big gains? : the involvement of African club officials in the transfer of players / Arnold Pannenborg
In: African Historical Review: (2010), vol. 42, no. 1, p. 63-90.

Black stars : the long road to greatness

Bodies in action : culture and body skills in post-conflict Sierra Leone/ Anneke van der Niet. - Leiden : African Studies Centre, 2010. - (African studies collection, ISSN 1876-0198 ; 24) Cover Ghana The rediscovered soccer might

De macht van de bal : op reis door de geschiedenis van voetballend Afrika/ Edwin Schoon. - Amsterdam [etc.] : Veen, 2010

Elf : Fussballgeschichte aus Südafrika / Manfred Loimeier & Thomas Brückner (ed.). - Wuppertal : Peter Hammer Verlag, 2010

Football in post-conflict Sierra Leone / Anneke G. Niet
In: African Historical Review: (2010), vol. 42, no. 2, p. 48-60 : foto's.

Football muti/ Robin Goode, Matteo Bottanelli & Kabir Javier. - Auckland Park : Jacana Media, 2010

Football, religion et politique en Afrique : sociologie du football africain/ Tado Oumarou & Pierre Chazaud. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 2010. - (Logiques sociales)

From apartheid to unity: white capital and black power in the racial integration of South African football, 1976-1992 / Peter Alegi & Chris Bolsmann
In: African Historical Review: (2010), vol. 42, no. 1, p. 1-18.

Fußball in Afrika = Football in Africa/ Christine Hoffendahl & Anne Jansen. - Hamburg : 2010. - (Dok-line Afrika, ISSN 1611-1109 ; 2)

L'Afrique et la planète football/ Paul Dietschy & David Claude Kemo-Keimbou. - [Paris] : Éditions EPA, 2010

L'Afrique, la mondialisation et le ballon rond / Nicolas Courtin & Raphael Jozan
In: Afrique contemporaine: (2010), no. 233, p. 11-108.

Le football africain : biographies, histoire, bilan et perspectives/ Radouane Bnou-Nouçair. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 2010

Le football en Afrique du Sud : vécu d'un township au Cap occidental/ Sylvain Cubizolles. - Paris : Karthala, 2010

Le football Rwanda: un simulacre guerrier dans la créolisation d'une société (1900-50) / Thomas Riot
In: Canadian Journal of African Studies: (2010), vol. 44, no. 1, p. 75-109.

Les grands défis du football africain : les dessous d'un système / Abdoulaye Sakho & Moustapha Kamara (ed.). - Dakar : Clairafrique, 2010

Les lions indomptables : cinquante ans de bonheur/ Calixthe Beyala. - Paris : Albin Michel, 2010

Les secrets de l'Académie/ Michel Alex Kipré. - Abidjan : Frat Mat Editions, 2010

Les terrains politiques du football / Susann Baller & Martha Saavedra
In: Politique africaine: (2010), no. 118, p. 5-141.

Mzansi magic : struggle, betrayal & glory : the story of South African soccer/ Joe Latakgomo. - Cape Town : Tafelberg, 2010

Ons Zuid-Afrika : Nederlandse sporen in het land van de boeren, Kaap de Goede Hoop en anti-apartheidsstrijd / E. Schaafsma (ed.). - Doetinchem : Reed Business, 2010. - (Elsevier, ISSN 0922-3444 ; 2010)

Portrait de Roger Milla/ Alain Foka & Roger Milla. - [Paris] : Radio France Internationale, 2010. - (Archives d'Afrique)

Romeo und Jabulile : eine südafrikanische Liebesgeschichte/ Lutz van Dijk. - Wuppertal : Peter Hammer Verlag, 2010

South Africa and the global game : football, apartheid and beyond / Peter Alegi & Chris Bolsmann (ed.). - London [etc.] : Routledge, 2010. - (Sport in the global society, Contemporary perspectives)

South African football tours at the turn of the twentieth century: amateurs, pioneers and profits / Chris Bolsmann
In: African Historical Review: (2010), vol. 42, no. 1, p. 91-112.

Streetball / Demetrius Wren & Christina Ghubril. - [S.l.] : 2010. - 1 dvd-video (78 min.). : kleur, gel.

The Africa Cup of Nations 1957-2010 : a statistical record/ Romeo Ionescu. - Lincolnshire : Soccer Books, 2010

The politics of South African football/ Oshebeng Alpheus Koonyaditse. - Grant Park : African Perspectives Publishing, 2010

The role of amateur football in circular migration systems in South Africa / Malte Steinbrink
In: Africa Spectrum: (2010), vol. 45, no. 2, p. 35-60 : fig. , foto, krt.

Visions of a better world : football in the Cameroonian social imagination/ Beata Vidacs. - Berlin [etc.] : Lit, 2010. - (Ethnologie ; Bd. 21)

Voicing the voiceless : contributions to closing gaps in Cameroon history, 1958-2009/ Walter Gam Nkwi. - Mankon : Langaa Research & Publishing CIG, 2010

Voodoo im Strafraum : Fußball und Magie in Afrika/ Oliver G. Becker. - München : Beck, 2010. - (Beck'sche Reihe, ISSN 0932-5352 ; 1673)

Yearbook of African Football 2010/ Gabriel Mantz. - Lincolnshire : Soccer Books, 2010

World Cup 2010 (South Africa)

Tourism and the 2010 World Cup : lessons for developing countries / Thomas Peeters, Victor Matheson & Stefan Szymanski Cover Soccer and sex
In: Journal of African Economies: (2014), vol. 23, no. 2, p. 290-320

Uses of social theory in comparative religious studies: assessing Chidester's sociological analysis of 'wild religion' in post-apartheid South Africa / Johan Strijdom
In: Journal for the Study of Religion: (2014), vol. 27, no. 2, p. 10-24.

Vuvuzela magic : the production and consumption of 'African' cultural heritage during the FIFA 2010 World Cup / Duane Jethro
In: 'African' : a contested qualifier in global Africa / Marleen de Witte . . . [et al. ]. (African diaspora, vol. 7, no. 2): (2014), p. 177-204 : foto.

Africa's World Cup : critical reflections on play, patriotism, spectatorship, and space / Peter Alegi & Chris Bolsmann (ed.). - Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2013

Framing the Cape Town World Cup stadium in the media : the politics of identity and sports in South Africa / Wallace Chuma
In: Journal of African Media Studies: (2012), vol. 4, no. 3, p. 315-329.

No small irony: a discourse analysis of Zapiro's 2010 World Cup cartoons / Marthinus Conradie, Susan Brokensha & Marilize Pretorius
In: Language Matters: (2012), vol. 43, no. 1, p. 39-59 : ill. , tab.

The 2010 Football World Cup and the regulation of sex work in South Africa / Elsje Bonthuys
In: Journal of Southern African Studies: (2012), vol. 38, no. 1, p. 11-29.

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa : a millennial capitalist moment / Shaheed Tayob
In: Journal of Southern African Studies: (2012), vol. 38, no. 3, p. 717-736.

FIFA and the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa: a developmental perspective / Pieter Labuschagne
In: Africanus: (2011), vol. 41, no. 2, p. 32-45 : tab.

Mega-events and the developing world : a look at the legacy of the 2010 Soccer World Cup / Lindsay Harris
In: South African Journal of International Affairs: (2011), vol. 18, no. 3, p. 407-427.

Soccer & sex : a polyvocal case study of the effects of the FIFA World Cup 2010 on South Africa's sex industry/ Mieke Langenberg. - [S.l. : s.l.], 2011

2010 FIFA World Cup : gender, politics and sport / Venitha Pillay & Elaine Salo (ed.). - Durban : Agenda Feminist Media, 2010. - (Agenda, ISSN 1013-0950 ; no. 85)

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa : Africa roars!/ Emmanuel Ngwena Musara. - Kopje, Harare : Priority Projects Publishing, 2010

A game apart : the real story behind the World Cup in South Africa, 2010/ Neal Collins. - Central Milton Keynes : AuthorHouse, 2010

Africa United : de weg naar het WK / Stefan Verwer, Marc Broere, & Chris de Bode (ed.). - Amsterdam : KIT Publishers, 2010

Africa united : soccer, passion, politics, and the first World Cup in Africa/ Steve Bloomfield. - New York [etc.] : Harper Perennial, 2010

Comme le dit un proverbe africain : les plus belles maximes de la sagesse africaine pour tout comprendre de la Coupe du Monde/ Rémy Ngono. - [Paris] : Prolongations, 2010

De weg naar Kaapstad : Afrika en het WK Voetbal in 2010/ Abdelkader Benali. - Amsterdam [etc.] : De Arbeiderspers/Het Sporthuis, 2010

Dossier sport : à qui profite la Coupe du monde ? / Benoît Thelliez
In: Marchés tropicaux et méditerranéens: (2010), année 65, no. 3253, p. 5-21 : ill. , krt.

Editorial: football in Africa : the impact of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa / Isaac Luginaah & Kefa M. Otiso
In: African Geographical Review: (2010), vol. 29, no. 2, p. 5-11.

Go South Africa! / Robbert Jan Vos & Renske Mijnheer. - [S.l.] : Sir Moving Images, 2010. - 1 dvd-video (2 min.). : kleur, gel.

L'Afrique au coeur du sport mondial : autour de la Coupe du monde de football 2010 en Afrique du Sud/ Jean Pierre Augustin & others / Annelise Pottier (ed.) / Université Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux. Institut de Géographie Louis Papy. - Bordeaux : Presses Universitaires de Bordeaux, 2010. - (Les cahiers d'Outre-Mer, ISSN 0373-5834 ; vol. 63, no. 250)

Mega-Event und Stadtentwicklung im globalen Süden : die Fussballweltmeisterschaft 2010 und ihre Impulse für Südafrika/ Stefanie Baasch & others / Christoph Haferburg & Malte Steinbrink (ed.). - Frankfurt am Main : Brandes & Apsel, 2010. - (Perspektiven südliches Afrika ; 3
Wissen & Praxis ; 158)

Misdaad en het WK voetbal 2010 in Zuid Afrika / Johan Burger
In: Justitiele Verkenningen: (2010), vol. 36, no. 1, p. 41-53

Player and referee : conflicting interests and the 2010 FIFA World Cup/ Collette Schulz-Herzenberg. - Tshwane : Institute for Security Studies, 2010. - (Monograph ; 169)

Problems and prospects for community-based tourism in the new South Africa: the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond / Andrea Giampiccoli & John Nauright
In: African Historical Review: (2010), vol. 42, no. 1, p. 42-62 : graf. , tab.

The FIFA World Cup 2010 in the news / Sean Jacobs (ed.). - Madison, WI : University of Wisconsin Press, 2010. - (Ecquid novi, ISSN 0256-0054 ; vol. 31, no. 2 (2010))

Other sports


Van sprokie tot tragedie in die kollig/ Ilse Salzwedel. - Johannesburg : Penguin Books, 2014 Cover Route la Tropicale

"Black as Kenenisa Bekele in a tunnel" : representation of African athletes in Slovenian Olympic broadcasting / Simon Lien
In: Ecquid Novi: (2013), vol. 34, no. 2, p. 93-108.

Le sport au Maroc : l'itinéraire du jeune champion en athlétisme/ Said Zerzouri. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 2012

Running as a resource of hope? : voices from Eldoret / Grant Jarvie & Michelle Sikes
In: Review of African Political Economy: (2012), vol. 39, no. 134, p. 629-644.

Running for black gold : fifty years of African athletics/ Kevin Lillis & Mark Shearman. - Kingston [etc.] : Ian Randle Publishers [etc.], 2012

Reimagining sports: African athletes, defection, and ambiguous citizenship / Joseph K. Adjaye
In: Africa Today: (2010/11), vol. 57, no. 2, p. 27-40 : tab.


Mario, le basket-ball et moi : Mario vu et raconté par Leah/ Alpha Leah Diallo & Ousmane Arobot. - Paris : L'Harmattan, 2013

Combat sports

Crafting sport history behind bars: wrestling with State patronage and colonial confinement in Kenya / Matthew Carotenuto
In: History in Africa: (2016), vol. 43, p. 289-321

Toute arme forgée contre moi sera sans effet/ Colin Delfosse, James Cox & Julie David de Lossy. - Paris : Éditions 77, 2015

Corps en lutte : l'art du combat au Sénégal / Dominique Chevé & others (ed.). - Paris : CNRS éditions, 2014. - (Collection "Corps)

Yékini, le roi des arènes/ Lisa Lugrin & Clément Xavier. - Poitiers : Éd. FLBLB, 2014

Dancing shoes is dead : a tale of fighting men in South Africa/ Gavin Evans. - London : Black Swan, 2013

The effect of a 10-week Zulu stick fighting intervention programme on body composition of prepubescent Zulu males / S. A. Nxumalo & S. J. Semple
In: Indilinga: (2013), vol. 12, no. 1, p. 96-107

Lamb : lutteurs du Sénégal/ Denis Rouvre. - Paris : Somogy, 2012

Muhammad Ali : a story about a superman written by a superfan/ Chuka Momah. - Lagos : Sports Spectacular Limited, 2012

Zulu masculinities, warrior culture and stick fighting: reassessing male violence and virtue in South Africa / Benedict Carton & Robert Morrell
In: Journal of Southern African Studies: (2012), vol. 38, no. 1, p. 31-53 : foto's.

Schaduwboksen, Nelson Mandela fight!/ Erik Brouwer. - Naarden : Human Sources, 2011

Championzé : une histoire de Battling Siki, champion du monde de boxe, 1922/ Aurélien Ducoudray & Eddy Vaccaro. - [S.l.] : Futuropolis, 2010

Le "bàkku" ou l'épique dans l'arène de la lutte en milieu wolof / Abdoulaye Keita
In: Annales de la Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines / Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar: (2010), no. 40A, p. 211-229.

Lutteurs sénégalais/ Laurent Gudin & Eric Breton. - Noisy-sur-Ecole : Budo, 2010


Deliberate concealment : an insider's account of Cricket South Africa and the IPL bonus saga/ Mtutuzeli Nyoka. - Johannesburg : Picador Africa, 2015 Cover Le sport au Maroc

J.H. Hofmeyer and the Afrikaner Bond : a challenge to William Milton's "Englishness" and the advance of the "coloured" cricketer / Jonty Winch
In: Historia: (2014), vol. 59, no. 1, p. 18-37.

The blue book : a history of Western Province cricket, 1890-2011/ André Odendaal, Krish Reddy & Andrew Samson. - Auckland Park : Jacana Media, 2012


Tours cyclistes en Afrique : Érythrée - Rwanda - Sénégal / Denis Chabroullet. - [Paris] : Les films du Paradoxe, 2015. - 1 dvd-video (104 min.). : kleur, gel.

La 10ème édition tropicale Amissa Bongo 2015 : le livre de route. - [Libreville : Le Comité dOrganisation de la Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2015], 2014

Land of second chances : the impossible rise of Rwanda's cycling team/ Tim Lewis. - London : Yellow Jersey Press, 2014

Equestrian sports

As corridas de cavalos na colônia alemã do sudoeste africano (1884-1914) / Sílvio Marcus de Souza Correa
In: Cadernos de Estudos Africanos: (2013), no. 26, p. 127-152 : foto's, krt. , tab.


Papwa : golf's lost legend/ Maxine Case. - Cape Town : Kwela, 2015


Warriors of the rainbow nation? : South African rugby after apartheid / Isak Niehaus
In: Anthropology Southern Africa: (2014), vol. 37, nos. 1/2, p. 68-80.

Managing racial diversity : positional segregation in South African rugby union in the post-apartheid era / Bernard Cros
In: Cadernos de Estudos Africanos: (2013), no. 26, p. 153-176

150 jaar van Suid-Afrikaanse rugby/ Wim Van der Berg. - Johannesburg : Bookstorm, 2011

Rugby in our blood / Angus Powers (ed.). - Cape Town : Tafelberg, 2011

Rugby, gender and capitalism : "Sportocracy" up for sale? / Michelle Mordaunt-Bexiga
In: Gender, sexuality and commodity culture / [guest ed. : Desiree Lewis and Mary Hames]. (Agenda, no. 90): (2011), p. 69-74 : foto.

Invictus / Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, & John Carlin. - [Amsterdam] : Warner Home Video, 2010. - 1 dvd-video (ca. 128 min.). : kleur, geluid.

Rethinking rugby and the rainbow nation / Louise Vincent & Sasha Stevenson
In: Journal of African Media Studies: (2010), vol. 2, no. 3, p. 287-296.

Try these: tackling representations of rugby in recent South African novels / Anne Reef
In: The English Academy Review: (2010), vol. 27, no. 2, p. 71-80 : tab.


Otelo burning : everything is about change / Sara Blecher & Jafta Mamabolo. - Gauteng : Crystal Brook, 2011. - 1 dvd-video (96 min.). : kleur, gel.

Zulu SurfRiders : a documentary / Andre Cronje, Carlos Francisco, & Brenen Nortje. - [Muizenberg] : African Heart Beat Films, 2010. - 1 dvd-video (48 min.). : kleur, gel.

Web resources

News and results from African athletic events.

African Athletics
On this website, the recently deceased sports journalist Mark Ouma posted on the achievements of African athletes. Its archives offer an overview of the years 2007 to 2016.

CAF (Confédération Africaine de Football)
CAF is the governing body of African Football. Its website offers links to member associations, information on national competitions, news, and background information.

New African Soccer
An online magazine devoted to the game from an African perspective. It contains news, comments and analyses on all aspects of the game, including women's football, Africa's domestic leagues, international competition, Africa's foreign legion, and the youth game, and spotlights the cultural, social and political dynamics of football in Africa.

Sport and Development Platform
An online platform dedicated to the field, including thematic, research-based information on specific areas within Sport & Development, and practical information on how to get involved in Sport & Development and to improve practices. The site also includes a map through which you can search for projects and organisations by geographical, thematic and other criteria.

Sports in Africa
Sports in Africa (SinA) is a partnership of programmes and departments at Ohio University, sharing an interest in the development and improvement of sports in Africa. The principal focus of SinA is the use of sports as a vehicle for social, cultural, educational and health programming. Through research and programme development, SinA works to improve the knowledge and the development of sport in Africa. On their website you can find publications, journal articles and events in the field.