Hi Tom I wanted to get in touch with you. Do you have an e-mail I can write to?
Hi Tom, as a fellow East African football enthusiast, albeit one who lives in London, i wonder if you could tell me if there is any way for me to watch games from that region?
Unfortunately there’s no reliable source, it’s usually a mad 15 minute rush before kick off to find a stream.
Good to find a fellow EA football enthusiast, interested in a particular country?
I’m particularly interested in Ethiopian football, but as you mentioned it’s near impossible to find a stream, i couldn’t find one at all for the CECAFA cup. Are there any websites you use regularly or are reliable in your experience?
Tom you have a fantastic website developing here! something of a rare bread in football websites (bar IBWM); I was curious on what you thought of the theory that all the best players are playing in Europe, or are scouted and brought over to Europe from Africa before the opportunity to play in an African league.
1. Which leagues would you say provide a good foundation to young footballers in Africa as an alternative to going across to Europe?
2. Who are currently the best young/old players playing within the continent?
3. Can you see any of the leagues developing in a similar way to the Brazilian leagues in that some of the countries/continents stars decide to retire in the home league? (the first step to getting younger players to stay and develop in their own countries and a potential knock on effect of players at their peak deciding to stay rather than make the trip across continents)
I’d love to express my support in your blog and will be a regular follower. I am a optimist in that in the near future, an african nation can win the world cup!
To answer your questions;
1. The PSL in South Africa has the cash, thanks in part to the huge broadcasting deal with SuperSport (worth about $277m over five years). The investment has improved facilities, encourage corporate sponsorship and made it easier to youngster to gain access to quality coaching, so it’s a good place for young African players to go and get a grounding. Ghana, Nigeria and The Maghreb also offer good opportunities for young players to develop.
As money continues to be poured into developing football in the Middle East (particularly Qatar and UAE), teams have invariably started to look South West for African talent. I would expect this market to grow over the next few years. You’ll also find quite a few East African footballers in Asia (Thailand, India etc), but that’s less about development and more about chasing a better pay package.
2. I am huge fan of Tresor Mputu of TP Mazembe and DRC. He’s such an enigmatic figure but possible the most naturally gifted footballer playing at the top level in Africa at the moment. Cameroonian defender Banana Yaya impressed for Esperance in the CAF Champions League this year, he’s one to watch out for. It would be hard to argue with the suggestion that Botswanan striker Jerome Ramatlhakwane has been the find of the last twelve months having lead his country to their first Africa Cup of Nations and made an impressive start for new club Vasco Da Gama in South Africa’s PSL.
A quick review of the best players (young and old) from the recent CECAFA Cup; Olivier Karakezi (Rwanda/APR) was certainly the player of the tournament, his countrymen Meddie Kagere, Jean Claude Iranzi (18), Andrew Buteera (17) and Emery Bayisenge (17) were also stand out youngster in the tournament. I was also pleased to see Burundi’s Faty Papy live up to my pre-tournament hype. Uganda’s Emma Okwi, Isaac Isinde and Godfrey Walusimbi could well receive interest from further afield after impressive displays.
3. Its impossible to make a direct comparison with the Brazilian league as the parameters are so different. For example Brazil export far, far more players than South Africa does and, being frank, the quality of those players is higher than that of the South African’s. So the return of ageing South African’s would not have the same effect on the PSL as the return of ageing Brazilian greats to the Campeonato. But there are economic comparisons that both Brazil and South Africa share so hopefully this will provide the South African PSL with an environment to develop and grow.
It would be great to hear your thoughts.
Jed by the way
only just received your reply. I am extremely grateful for such full and rounded answers! I have to say I’d only heard of Mputu before you mentioned the others in question 2 and you’ve led me onto hours of research into the other guys hahaha! I certainly hope that the investment Qatar and UAE will have a positive impact on the quality and quantity of top players for the African nations.
Keep going with your blog I think it’s marvellous and after reading this it actually spurred me on to start my own website http://www.thepathismadebywalking.wordpress.com…another football related website.
I’ve added you under the African Football Blog Library and I hope you get a few visitors from it.
I’d love to have the opportunity one day to spend a few years in the continent of Africa and witness the footballing cultural differences first hand.
10/10 for you knowledge of African football.
Thanks for your message.
I hope players after able to benefit from the growth of football in Qatar and UAE, but there is a worrying trend in youth players (under 14) being scouted, transferred and developed in Qatar (specifically the Aspire Sports Academy) with the aim of them representing Qatar and not their country of birth. It’s a difficult situation; players are provided with the opportunity and environment to develop when they own countries development structures have failed them. But on the other side of the coin, if these countries best talents are plucked away from them at an early age this may contribute to the problem.
I’ll check out your website and thanks for the link.
Best of luck in your quest to watch football in Africa, any specific countries of interest?
Thanks for your message, I’ve only recently started up the blog again so it’s nice to have such positive feedback. I’d like to answer your questions fully so will get back to you when I have some time over the weekend.
spelling error – ‘breed’ and probably a whole host of other errors as I didn’t proof read the text!
love this blog though today is the first time i have seen it
Hello Tom, we have seen your articles, very good, and we wish to invite you to write in the VAVEL.com English edition sports platform we will start in few weeks.
If you are interested you can write us to our email. Thanks!
I’m an Italian sports researcher, any chance to get your e-mail address?
I own an international internet forum about Olympic Sports, and I would really like to have you aboard to follow and support your favourite athletes and teams in all sports in the Road to London 2012. We follow all sports and all events and I would like you to support Kenya and be always updated about them in Football and (if you are interested) in other sports.
Please if you are interested, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The forum is free and in English language.
Let me know.
That is great Tom,keep it up.
could you hook me up with some good sites on the ACF?
Looking very much forward to watching it!
Greetings from Denmark
Thanks for the message. Did you mean the Africa Cup of Nations?
Yes, sorry i didnt make myself clear.
looking forward to your tweets during the tournament:)
Hi Tom, I’m Matteo. So have you seen the forum ? See you soon. Thanks! Matteo
Was up I am abdukani
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