Soccer is a celebrated and cherished past time in Africa. Even the African Union which was formed by the founding fathers of the African Liberation Movement, people such as Kwame Nkrumah, Jomo Kenyatta and the late Emperor Haile Selassie, thought of a plan of bringing cohesiveness within the divergent African communities emerging from colonialism and its attendant vestiges of linguistic sub cultural divide; saw soccer as a transcendent centripetal impetus in forging closer relationships over the unfortunate legacy of the schismatic differences.To help speed up the need for a political unity on the continent, it was realized by these wise leaders that sporting links among nations, but soccer in particular, can be a dependable compliment to the infant cause of the Pan African movement. As a result of that, different continent wide competitions were introduced; for example, the African Clubs Cup competition in which clubs like the Zamalek of Egypt, Kabwe Warriors of Zambia, Stationery stores of Nigeria and Asante Kotoko of Ghana would compete.
This competition is usually a contest of the various qualifying league leaders from each of the nations within the Union who compete under the rules of the C.A.F. Besides that, we also have the African Cup of Nations, where teams such as the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Black Stars of Ghana, Green Eagles of Nigeria and the Elephants of Ivory Coast, meet and compete for the honors. Inspired and spurred on by the spirit of this sporting tradition, Diaspora Africans in Southern California are being summoned by the sweet note of the vuvuzela to gather in true camaraderie and brotherhood, as envisaged by the founding fathers of modern Africa, to once again compete for laurels in a maiden soccer gala under their respective national flags.
God bless America, God bless African unity
Pastor Vincent Akosah is an internationally renowned speaker and teacher the Word of God. A graduate of Fountain of Gate Bible College, the Lord has used him in the ministry of healing and deliverance from demonic oppression in several countries. His missionary activities have taken him to Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, Republic of South Africa, and several states in the US. He also taught in a Bible School he co-founded in Malawi with other ministers. Pastor Akosah is a youth, marriage and family counselor. Married to Mary, they are blessed with three children; Gabriella, Emmanuel and Michael
By: Pastor Vincent Akosah