Year 2010 was an exciting year for many sports lovers- particularly in Africa because a lot of thrilling and not so thrilling events took place during the year. Let us look back at a few of them that made the headlines-
In January, the African Cup of Nations took place in Angola. Africa’s finest football talents were on display at the competition. However, the competition was a bit overshadowed by the attack on the Togolesse team bus in Cabinda and their subsequent withdrawal from the tournament. The games went on, nonetheless, and Egypt ended up claiming the trophy.
The biggest event of the year (which everyone had being waiting for) took place in June when South Africa hosted the first ever FIFA World Cup on African soil. Interestingly, the competition was by no means below expectations- Ghana rocked the show but Spain emerged world champion in a very exciting finale. A lot of commendation went to the organizers and the South African people in general for their efforts in making the tournament a huge success.
Later in the year, South Africa also hosted the African Women Championship (AWC) in which Africa’s female football powerhouse, Nigeria, powered herself to victory. Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea qualified for the Women’s World Cup taking place in Germany this year.
Away from football, the commonwealth games were staged in Delhi- India in 2010. Several Africa countries excelled in various events but the major talking point was the banning of some athletes for drug use.
In 2010, so much more happened in the Sports Arena- both good and, well, the not so good.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup will be taking place this year. We hope Africa’s flag bearers will do us proud. Also, the second edition of CHAN, a football tournament only for (male) players who play their trade on the continent will take place sometime this year.
However, what seems to be the biggest competition to look forward to in 2011 is the All Africa Games, which will take place in September in Mozambique. Preparations are in top gear for this competition in which 23 different sports will be competed. The finest of Africa’s talents will be on display. I am personally looking forward to it.
In conclusion, it looks like an eventful year in sports but one will hope the unpleasant events of 2010 (e.g. Corruption saga and ban threats) would not repeat itself so that sport lovers and followers (like me) will not have anything to be sad about.
Wishing Africa a splendid sporting year ahead. Happy New Year!