Our latest Book of the Month is:
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.
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.