The highs and lows of watching the Afcon final
'If football was a president we would have a peaceful and exciting country.' The words of a young fan while watching his team play in the African Cup of Nations encapsulate what the game is all about as the 2019 edition of the tournament came to a dramatic end of Friday
Soccer is the game that allows fans to forget their troubles and domestic differences and come together for a few hours, where their hopes and dreams, joy and despair, are shared as one.
This happens in every corner of the globe, but across vast swathes of Africa, where daily life can be so hard for hundreds of millions of people and where their international footprint in politics, economics and other sports is often limited, it can seem more amplified, more visceral, even more meaningful...