|Promoting Soccer as a Tourism Product||An icon of democratic governance in Africa, Ghana is arguably the gateway to the continent. But football is perhaps putting Ghana on the lips of the international media than politics Ã¢â¬â first African nation to qualify to the 2010 World Cup and winner of the FIFA Under-20 soccer tournament. Ghanaians are obviously excited at the laurels of the national teams. Now, talks in Ghana are about how the country can reap economically from these recent feats. In this report, Kofi Adu Domfeh looks at what some African countries are doing to benefit from South Africa 2010 and questions how Ghana can market football as a tourism product.|
|World Cup Bonanza||World Cup BonanzaKofi Adu Domfeh/Luv 99.5Fm Ghana/TwentyTenIntro:The 2010 FIFA World Cup has been acclaimed the tournament for Africans. The South African government has invested almost 4 billion dollars in infrastructure development in preparation to host the biggest soccer event in the world. Analysts believe the economic benefits to the African country may be felt in the medium to long term. But beyond the pride of hosting the soccer fiesta for the first time on African soils, how are ordinary Africans benefitting from the game.TwentyTen reporter, Kofi Adu Domfeh has been finding out the immediate economic impact of the World Cup on ordinary South Africans and other African nationals.. Report:Sfx:Ã¢â¬Â¦ fun park cheers (play and fade out)Link 1: This is the mood at the Innesfree Park in Johannesburg, where thousands of soccer fans have converged to experience the 2010 World Cup fever. The feeling here is awesome and the excitement apparently goes beyond the teams playing on the|
|Soccer to overcome xenophobia||
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Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
AUDIO: Community-based soccer events address xenophobia.
Twenty Ten Reporter, Kofi Adu Domfeh, reports that stakeholders are adopting community-based soccer events as part of strategies to address the problem of xenophobia.
|Surviving for Gold in the Free State||The gold of the World Cup may have come from the best mining companies in the world, among which are many prosperous South African companies. But the precious natural resource is fuelling a conflict in places like Welkom, where illegal mining is taking place on a large scale. For some people in parts of Africa, illegal gold prospecting is their only means of survival and they will go to extreme lengths to get access to the mineral.|
Kofi Adu Domfeh/Twenty Ten, Reporting from Sedibeng, The Vaal, South Africa
The Sedibeng Soccer Legends, an association of former soccer glories of the Vaal, are focused on creating equal opportunities for the youth, who look up to them as role models.
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|Soccer goes to church||It is not surprising to observe empty church pews in most African countries whenever a football match involving national teams or local favorites coincides with church service.In fact, some religious groups have had to study the football calendar in their localities before scheduling major church events like crusades or community evangelism.Now instead of being worried about the impact of football on church attendance, some local churches in South Africa are taking advantage of the World Cup to drive home the message of peace.Interestingly, children from different races and nationalities are involved in epitomizing the staging of the world cup whilst championing the cause of peace.TwentyTen reporter, Kofi Adu Domfeh attended a Church service in Johannesburg and filed this reportÃ¢â¬Â¦|
|Young Nigerians Discover Other Potentials Off The Football Pitch||Most African youth are passionate about the game of football. While some just enjoy watching football matches as pastime, there are others who attempt to make a living or attain fame from the game. However, only a few get the opportunity to play for the national teams and other professional clubs. But what becomes of those who fail to become professional footballers? In this report, Kofi Adu Domfeh finds out a growing consciousness among young Nigerians to enjoy the game outside of the pitch|
|Ghanaian Clubs Get Soccer Fans Back to the Stadium||Football fans in Ghana, like most other African countries, have been caught in the euphoria of following European leagues and other local players making exploits on the international scene. Today, the average fan does not need to be at the stadium to enjoy a favourite match. Games are watched in homes, offices and drinking spots through digital television networks. However, the more local fans get attracted to foreign clubs, the less they contribute to the growth of local teams. The new found love in foreign leagues is driven investments in the game Ã¢â¬â media and sponsorship. Local African football clubs may not be able to compete with European clubs immediately and in this report from Ghana, Kofi Adu Domfeh looks at what is being done for local leagues matches to be made appealing to fans as clubs struggle to stay in the game as a business|