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A Uniting Force

Rosemary Mroba Gaisie/ Radio Ghana/ Twenty Ten

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

AUDIO: Uniting the African continent through football.

Associated features: African Support(Photo Feature) First African Win(Photo Feature) United by Soccer(Text Article) Unis par le football (French translation), Rainbow Nation (Multimedia feature)

The creation of the United States of Africa has been a continental dream for decades. Many have, however, doubted its possibility due to ideological differences and ethnic diversity. Football seems to have a continental appeal, and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the first to be staged on African soil, is proving to be the uniting force for Africa. Rosemary Mroba Gaisie visited Troyeville and Yeoville, suburbs of Johannesburg, to discover the story of African unity through football.

FX:2010 WORLD CUP MUSIC- 00:00”

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NARRATOR: The 2010 FIFA World Cup fever has gripped many communities in South Africa; among them, foreign African nationals living in Troyeville and Yeoville. Unlike other places in Johannesburg, Yeoville is quite noisy, with outdoor activities and vehicular traffic. Black Africans, especially Ghanaians, are commonly seen on Raleigh Street, here in Yeoville, and the language they speak now is “football”. They are proud of their national team, the Black Stars, currently the only African Team representing the continent at the ongoing world cup.

FX: GHANAIANS DISCUSSING FOOTBALL…..00:0

NARRATOR: Though Algeria, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon and host South Africa have already bowed out of the World Cup competition, their fans at Yeoville are very much alive. They tell me they are inspired by Ghana, the last African team in the world’s soccer fiesta.

CLIP 1: VIEWS ABOUT GHANA TEAM

NARRATOR: Surprisingly, fans of the other African countries which were not even represented at the World Cup are also in the World Cup mood, as they rally their support behind Ghana.

To all these fans, Ghana remains the pride of Africa. This is by virtue of being the only African team to have won her first match at the 2010 World Cup and even gone the extra mile to qualify to the quarterfinal stage. According to the fans, Ghana deserves the support of every African.

CLIP 2: AFRICAN NATIONALS SUPPORT GHANA

NARRATOR: The views and feelings of football fans in Yeoville are not very different from those in Troyeville. Ghanaians, Burundians, Congolese, and other African nationals in Troyeville, mostly working in salons and barbering shops, are all in support of Ghana Black stars.

CLIP 3

NARRATOR: This certainly reflects the spirit of Africa unity. But the question now remains; can Africa unite through football, despite the differences in ideology and ethnic diversity? Typical of the optimists and soccer enthusiasts, they believe football should be the uniting force.

CLIP 4

NARRATOR: These soccer fans have said it all. Are African leaders and indeed every African national ready to give it a thought, as the Ghana support lingers on? Nothing but the best is good for Africa. Rosemary Gaisie, reporting from Troyeville, Johannesburg, South Africa for 2010.

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