Ivory Coast's defender Kolo Toure (c.) heads the ball next to Japan's forward Takayuki Morimoto (r.) during a friendly match between the national soccer teams of Ivory Coast and Japan at the Stade de Tourbillon in Sion on June 4 ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Ivory Coast will play in group G and Japan will play in group E.
For a long time football was simply considered too complex and too ‘beautiful’ to be mastered by Africans, writes blogger Sipho Hlongwane. Racism created that perception, but poor African governance and political interference have helped keep that perception alive.
The early exit of host-nation South Africa and France, Italy, England, and the United States has taken its toll on the vendors that had been doing well on the periphery of the World Cup.
Ghana's Black Stars are Africa's last remaining team in the World Cup. A win against the United States would take them through to the quarter-finals.
At the World Cup, France officially crashed out of the tournament after losing today's France vs. South Africa match to a surprisingly strong showing by the home team. But the Bafana Bafana victory was not enough to help them advance.
South Africa World Cup baby names such as Fifa, Bafana, and Soccer City are proliferating in the Rainbow Nation as white and black families name their children after stadiums and teams.
Mexico vs. Uruguay 2010 is the most anticipated match on the World Cup schedule Tuesday, beside France vs. South Africa, Nigeria vs. South Korea, Greece vs. Argentina.
Bafana Bafana sadness: South African officials are asking local fans to find other World Cup teams to root for.
Striker Diego Forlan scored twice in a reality check for Bafana Bafana. South Africa’s World Cup bid now hangs by a thread.
Soweto, a South African township, was the scene of an uprising that is remembered 34 years later on Wednesday, during the World Cup soccer tournament.
If the Bafana Bafana are to win today's South Africa vs. Uruguay game, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune will have to be as quick and alert as he was in the game against Mexico.