Robben Island and the Makana Football Association

Ok, for those of you who care not one jot about football, I apologise for all the world cup related posts. However, it's not all about overpaid athletes competing for a shiny bauble. Sometimes sports can play a central role in improving all the other, arguably more important aspects of life. I've been working on and off on a project about one such situation, but more on that if and when I get it to a presentable state. In the meantime, check out this article in The New York Times.

A soccer game taking place on prison grounds in 1969. The Makana Football Association operated from 1969 to 1981.

Credit: Patrick Barth for The New York Times


I first learned about the Makana Football Association in this BBC radio show (which you can listen to here).

It is a fascinating story on how the future leaders of South Africa kept themselves together during their imprisonment under apartheid. A must read/listen, whether you like football or not.

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