My association with New African began with a trip to Casablanca for the 1988 African Nations Cup. There I met Anver Versi rather unexpectedly, as he was the reason I was there on my first trip to Africa. After reading his book, Football in Africa, I had made up my mind to go to the next Nations Cup, and having agreed to get together with Anver in London, we met on a different continent.
Over the past two decades, I have contributed articles for New African on players and the major tournaments, with particular attention to the twin pillars of World and Nations Cups.
Over almost two decades, Africa's football has evolved steadily on the world stage, throwing up the unforgettable dramas of Nigeria winning Olympic gold in Atlanta in 1996, after beating Brazil and Argentina, and Cameroon following that with their historic win over Spain in Sydney. Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and now Ghana have written big stories at the World Cup, without quite making a semi-final place, while at club level the game continues to produce talented players chasing the rewards of participation in the final stages of the Champions League. Despite the constant problems of poor administration, lack of finance and facilities, not to mention fatalities in heaving stadiums and the old spectre of government interference with the threat of a Fifa suspension, there has...