Author and African history professor Peter Alegi talks to Melissa Block about soccer's long history in South Africa. Soccer was brought to Africa by British colonials in the mid-1800s. The first documented game on the continent was played in South Africa in 1862, a year before soccer's official rules were codified. Alegi contends that soccer has been an important sport in Africa for as long as it was played in Europe.
The History Of Soccer In Africa
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