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Children's Corner a MYSA Library

August Book of the Month

Our latest Book of the Month is:

How Football Explains Africa
Africa United: How football explains Africa by Steve Bloomfield

From the introduction:

“This is not just a book about world cup success. It’s not about goals scored and matches won. It’s about how football can rebuild a country, end a war or provide a beacon of light in a time of despair. It’s the story of how Africa has been shaped by football and how Africa is now shaping football.”

Covering thirteen countries across Africa, journalist Steve Bloomfield speaks to everyone from players and fans to politicians and rebel leaders to discover how football has influenced the continent.

He finds that while the passion that fans have for the game remains just as strong in different countries, the context changes; a nation’s football regularly reflects its politics and culture.

Back cover


This book is a fascinating read and not just for football fans. The book would also be incredibly useful for those studying social sciences, history or anthropology.

Absorbing non-fiction books like this, especially on such a popular topic, are also a great way to change reluctant readers’ perceptions about books and help them discover the joy of reading.

The real-life examples of how football has been an influence for unity and positive change in different African countries will also be useful for our local NGO partners who work in the community or with youth as they think about how they can use sports programmes to help people overcome the challenges they face.

This includes the Mathare Youth Sports Association in Kenya and who use football to empower young people living in Nairobi’s Mathare slum, the community youth centres that Grace Rwanda supports and Windle International in South Sudan.

Shelves of books

A back of the net donation for football fans

Football-mad readers at libraries across Africa will soon be honing their football skills in their local libraries as well as on the pitch, thanks to a recent donation of sports books from deCoubertin Books. We caught up with deCoubertin Books to find out more about their donation:deCoubertin logoHere at deCoubertin Books we believe that working with good causes is something that should be inherent in every business, no matter what its size. In the past we have worked with many charities close to our authors’ hearts, including Everton in the Community, the Everton Former Players Foundation and Stick N’ Step.

On this occasion we are working with Book Aid International by donating brand new books to support their partner libraries in sub-Saharan Africa. The charity believes everyone should have the chance to read in order to shape their own futures and it’s a message we couldn’t agree more with.


World Cup book


Football is by far the most popular sport on the planet and the passion for the game burns more brightly in Africa than perhaps on any other continent. In 2014, a report showed that in Nigeria – Africa’s largest economy – an incredible 83% of the nation are interested in the game, a higher percentage than any other nation in the world[1]!

In turn, Africa have produced some of the best players in the modern game, from George Weah (Liberia) to Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) to Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon). African countries have also provided us with some of the great World Cup moments: think Roger Milla’s dance at Italia ’90 for Cameroon, Senegal’s shock win over France in 2002 and the whole tournament in South Africa in 2010.


England Expects book


That passion and talent will undoubtedly continue to flourish in years to come and we hope that one of the many ways a child will be introduced to the game is through the written word. Book Aid International will therefore be sending copies of The World Cup: The Complete History and England Expects: A History of the England Football Team to African libraries for football enthusiasts to enjoy.  A footballing education can come in many different forms.


Huge thanks to deCoubertin Books for this fantastic donation. Books on sport are always popular with our partners and these titles will soon be on their way to all our partners for the community and public libraries they support. We hope that these books will cultivate not only a love of football but a life-long love of reading as well.

[1] http://nielsensports.com/global-interest-football/