Botswana held off a late surge of attack to come away with an impressive 1-1 draw in Blantyre against Malawi on Wednesday.

The result means that Botswana have now consolidated their lead at the top of Group K and still lead the standings with seven points from three matches and will now prepare for their next fixture against Togo on September 5 with more confidence.

Zebras striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane broke the ice in the second half to silence the packed Kamuzu Stadium with a scorcher to give the visitors a surprise lead. 

But the home side fought back gallantly and leveled through Frank Banda and much as the Malawian Flames tried to snatch victory, Botswana stood firm to walk away with a priceless point.

Chad will later host Tunisia in the other group game whiles Togo takes a rest in the competition to play Saudi Arabia in a friendly.




The Super Eagles of Nigeria suffered another disappointing defeat against South Korea in an international friendly at the Suwon World Cup Stadium on Wednesday.

Goals from 20 year old Yoon Bitgaram and a first international strike from Choi Hyo-jin ensured victory for the Koreans especially as both sides played a 2-2 drawn game in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa barely a month ago.

Yoon was one of four players to make his South Korean debut under new coach Cho Kwang-rae and justified his inclusion when flicking the ball past a defender and smashing in a shot from just inside the area.

Peter Odemwingie headed an equaliser for Nigeria shortly after but four minutes before the break, Manchester United star Park Ji-sung slipped the ball through for Choi to fire the winning goal.

The result further is set to further aggravate the badly damaged confidence in the Super Eagles setup after their first round elimination at the World Cup.

It also does no good to the credentials of Augustine Eguavoen who was hoping to make a strong claim to the vacant coaching post after the departure of Swede Lars Largerback by recording an impressive victory, but was never to be.

Football in Africa: Conflict, Conciliation and Community
Richard Giulianotti (Editor) & Gary Armstrong (Editor)

This groundbreaking collection provides the first detailed social analysis of football within Africa. The book features case study essays that draw heavily on detailed fieldwork to examine the distinctive football cultures that have grown up in African communities. The book should be compulsory reading, for social scientists in sport studies and African studies, and for informed football followers everywhere.

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The First Black Footballer: Arthur Wharton, 1865-1930 - An Absence of Memory

Phil Vasili


A biography of the world's first black professional footballer, set in the cultural and political context of Victorian England. Offers new insight into the onset of sport professionalism, the class divide and the roots of institutionalized racism.

Arthur Wharton was the world's first black professional footballer. He was also the first 100 yards world record holder and twice amateur sprint champion of Britain. He came from a wealthy Gold Coast/Ghanaian family, enjoyed national celebrity in England as an all-round athlete, but died a pauper in a South Yorkshire pit village. Recounted within the social, cultural and political context of Victorian England, Wharton's story not only remembers the turbulent personal and professional life of an eminent sportsman but offers fresh insight into the onset of professionalism in British sport, the class divide and the beginnings of institutionalized racism. The author is collaborating with Irvine Welsh on a dramatization of Wharton's life which Channel 4 will broadcast next year.

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Soccer and Disaster: International Perspectives

Paul Darby, Martin Johnes, and Gavin Mellor


A sending off, the conceding of a vital goal, an untimely defeat: disaster is a much used term in sport.  Yet soccer has also been the victim of real disasters: events where people lost their lives.  When compared to tragedies such as the Munich air disaster and the Heysel stadium disaster, the results of games become insignificant.  Football is not more important than life and death.

This book looks at soccer disasters from across the globe.  From the loss of talented young players in air crashes in Munich and Zambia to fatal overcrowding in South Africa, Moscow, and the UK, the game and its fans and players have been the victims of negligence, complacency and misfortune.  The causes, consequences and legacies of these and other disasters are explored here in a book that reveals frightening parallels and important lessons.

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Africa, Football & FIFA: Politics Colonialism & Resistance

Paul Darby  


The emblem of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is claimed to symbolise a ‘global fraternity united in sport’. However, the relationship between FIFA and the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) has been underpinned by anything but fraternity.


This book explores the development of African football within the context of FIFA. The relationship between the world body’s core European members and its expanding African constituency during the colonial period is given detailed treatment. This demonstrates that the game not only functioned as a form of resistance against European colonialism but also made a practical contribution to the movements for independence.


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