African footballers face an allegiance problem: country versus club

Wycliffe W. Njororai Simiyu, University of Texas at Tyler

Africa's ultimate football prize, the biennial African Cup of Nations (Afcon), kicked-off on Saturday 14 January in Gabon. Its 31st edition, Afcon 2017 is not only a 23-day-long showcase for African football, but also the place to observe trends in the game, such as foreign influence, money and more money.

Marking its 60th anniversary this year, Sudan hosted the first tournament in 1957 with only three nations - Egypt, Sudan and...

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