Soccer fundi lectures at Westville

2010-05-07 00:00

PROFESSOR Peter Alegi, well known in Pietermaritzburg for his research and contributions to football, will join three other key note speakers in a day of lectures at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Westville campus today.

The “Soccer and History” lectures will see Alegi and his peers providing an insightful examination of the history of football from both African and German perspectives.

Alegi will be drawing on his latest book, African Soccer Scapes: How a Continent Changed the World’s Game, to illustrate how, through football, Africans appropriated a European phenomenon and made it their own.

“The book discusses how the European colonial export of soccer was embraced by people all over the African continent,” Alegi said.

Alegi’s lecture will conclude with him discussing some of the realities of the impact that this year’s World Cup will have on South Africa.

“South Africa will be one country representing an entire continent, but this is not the first time that this has happened [Ghana in the ’60s],”Alegi said.

“The World Cup will present South Africa with an opportunity to show its technological prowess over the rest of Africa to the world.

“It will also provide the chance to debunk existing stereotypes concerning South Africa.”

Alegi will conduct another lecture in Pietermaritzburg next Friday at the University’s Alan Paton Centre.

Today’s lectures begin at 9.30 am and the public is welcome to attend.

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