The historian of South African football, Peter Alegi, is featured on the latest Africa Past and Present podcast talking about the African Nations Cup. You can also go to their website and subscribe to the whole series.
Alegi points out that Africa had a continent-wide national tournament two years before Europe did (1958 vs 1960), and shares his thoughts on the tournament so far. He reckons that Cote d’Ivoire will edge out Egypt in the final – although as those two will now meet in the semi, that ain’t happening. He’s probably right about Cote d’Ivoire, although I think the odds on Egypt (8.4) are still generous. The real value is probably laying Cameroon, who at 8.2 are now available at shorter odds than Egypt. Why? And continuing my pro-North Africa theme, Tunisia might be worth backing, if only to lay them off after they dump Cameroon out of the quarters.
Anyway, Peter Alegi sounds like a very nice bloke. I’ve read a couple of interesting articles by him. One, about the first African international club tournament, is available online. He also has a full-length book on South African football, Laduma!, and another one on African football and capitalism forthcoming. I’ll be reading both of them.