AFRICA  FRANCE


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AFRICA and FRANCE

On researching for an article or something that linked all the African nations I could find nothing that actually they all belonged to or linked them all together. There is one exception and that is Sport ~ Football. The African Nations Cup. The first tournament was made up of just three teams and originally held in the Sudan in 1957. It was a year or so laterthat first tounarment was held in Khartoum organized by the Confederation of African Football. There were however many obstacles to overcome namely the fact that South Africa was bared from sport because of it's apartheid regime.  Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia played in the first two tournaments in odd years before it increased to four, six, eight,12 and then 16 teams. It was some 39 years later and it was South Africa that rescued the Confederation of African Football by staging the expanded 16 team tournament. Every adjustment increased the chances of seeing the best players in the continent. Papa Camara, Petit Sory and Cherif Souleymane were the cream of an excellent Guinean side who could easily be compared to the devastating Nigerian and Cameroonian squads of the last decade. Few Africans today would have heard of the Algerian Lalmas, Ghanaian dribbling wizard Osei Kofi or Ethiopian captain Italo Vassalo - they were among a host of legends to play in the Nations Cup tournaments of the 1960s. Since the early days, North Africa - and Ghana in particular - has maintained its reputation, while the other pioneers Ethiopia and Sudan have deteriorated.
In the space of 30 years there has been an amazing shift of power - a classic between Ethiopia and Sudan (both former champions) in the 1960s is now overshadowed by a match between Cameroon against Nigeria and while there have been many highlights, few African Nations Cup tournaments have taken place without any problems. Indeed Mali, the latest hosts, have had their own difficulties in getting the tournament off the ground. As one of Africa's poorest nations, many felt the money poured into hosting the sporting extravaganza could be better spent. One thing is certain, though - that the Confederation African Football or CAF and the Nations Cup are is still in existence is due to the passion for the game on the African continent
Eastern Africa: Burundi Comoros Ethiopia Djibouti
Eritrea Kenya Madagascar Mauritius Mayotte (France
Malawi Mozambique Réunion (France) Rwanda Seychelles
Somalia Tanzania Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe
Middle Africa: Angola Cameroon Central African Republic Chad
Congo Democratic Republic of the Congo Equatorial Guinea Gabon São Tomé and Príncipe
Northern Africa: Arabia Algeria Egypt Libya
Morocco Sudan Tunisia Western Sahara European dependencies in Northern Africa:
Canary Islands (Spain)



Southern Africa: Botswana Lesotho Namibia South Africa
Swaziland



Western Africa: Benin Burkina Faso Cape Verde Côte d'Ivoire
Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea-Bissau Liberia
Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Saint Helena (UK)
Senegal Sierra Leone Togo



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