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The Africa Cup of Nations: The History of an Underappreciated Tournament

Ben Jackson

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From the publisher:

The Africa Cup of Nations explores the vibrant history of one of football's iconic but often overlooked international tournaments. For a long time, the Africa Cup of Nations has been seen as a nuisance to European clubs and fans. However, the tournament has a rich history and is fast becoming an event that brings together the finest players in the world.

Africa's cup has witnessed some tremendous teams, from the great Ghana side of the 1960s, to the Zaire team of the 1970s, right up to the dominant Egypt side of the 2000s. There are many stories of redemption and achievement, such as the return of South Africa in the 1990s following apartheid, and the triumph of Zambia after the tragedy of 1993. The book brings us all the great teams, managers and players who have lit up the tournament.

As well as turning the spotlight on African football, it examines the history of African states, looking at how events off the pitch, including apartheid in South Africa and anti-colonial movements impacted those on it.

The author:

Ben Jackson is an African football and history enthusiast who has a Master's in African Politics from SOAS University in London. He has written for various websites about African history, African politics and African football. Ben is also the editor in chief of Belgian football for Get Football, as well as the founder and host of the Belgian Football Podcast. The African Cup of Nations is his first book.

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Pitch Publishing
21 x 14 cm
Paperback
320 pages
January 2024
English
9781801506601