South Africa Tries to Africanize the World Cup

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In the days of Apartheid, South Africa was barred from soccer tournaments around the world. Now, for the first time, it's about to host the World Cup, and is struggling to put an African stamp on a global event. The manager of South Africa's organizing committee says, "We are just the organizers…we are the stage" for "FIFA's World Cup," referring to the Zurich-based governing body of world soccer. That's according to Celia Dugger of the New York Times, who also reports that "poking a finger in the eye of authority is part of [South Africa's] national DNA."



  • Celia Dugger - South African Co-Bureau Chief, New York Times


Warren Olney