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Africa's Elite Football : Structure, Politics, and Everyday Challenges, Hardback Book

Africa's Elite Football : Structure, Politics, and Everyday Challenges Hardback

Edited by Chuka (Howard University, USA) Onwumechili

Part of the Routledge Contemporary Africa series


This book explores various aspects of intranational elite football in Africa, drawing on 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 intranational, 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, intranational migration and fans.

Notably, chapters on topics such as intranational migration present groundbreaking scholarship in this area.

Currently, football discourses on migration focus on international migration of footballers, yet the majority of migration in African football is intranational.

Thus, by addressing the intranational, 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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