Africa

The Accra Sports Stadium disaster

This day in football history On 9 May 2001, 126 football fans died at the Accra Sports Stadium, making it Africa’s worst ever sports-related disaster. It was one of several such incidents in Africa over a period of less than a month, including similar disasters in South Africa (43 killed on 11 April), the Congo (14 …

The Zambian air disaster of 1993

This day in football history On 27 April 1993, a plane carrying the Zambian national team crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, killing everyone on board. The plane, a military DHC-5 Buffalo, was carrying the team to Senegal for a World Cup qualifying match and had just stopped in Libreville, Gabon to refuel. Shortly after takeoff, it lost …

The day George Weah called time on his international career

This day in football history On 28 January 2002, former FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah ended his 19-year international career as Liberia bowed out of the African Cup of Nations. Weah, considered by many to be the greatest player Africa has ever produced, was born in Monrovia in 1966. After starring for a …

Algeria is out of ideas and out of the African Cup of Nations

Well, that was underwhelming Algeria, fielding Africa’s reigning player of the year, a surfeit of attacking players, and one of Europe’s most promising left backs, was genuinely bad at the Africa Cup of Nations. Even by the Fennecs’ underwhelming major tournament standards, not escaping a group with Senegal, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe is embarrassing. But after …

The day Togo’s national team was attacked

This day in football history On 8 January 2010, gunmen fired upon two Togo team buses, killing three people and wounding seven others. The buses — one containing the national team and the other holding their luggage — were traveling through the Angolan province of Cabinda, where Togo were scheduled to begin their Africa Cup of Nations campaign three days …