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Football in Africa

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Association football is probably the most popular sport played in Africa. The continent's governing body is the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and all member states except Réunion and Zanzibar are affiliate members of FIFA.

Compared to other continents, the general standard of football in Africa is quite low due to a lack of sponsorship and investment in its various domestic league and cup competitions. Only 13 of the 56 CAF member associations have ever made it to the FIFA World Cup, and of these 13 only Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal have ever reached the quarter-finals. In 2010, South Africa became the first African nation to host the tournament.

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Currently, the top continental club championship in Africa is the annual CAF Champions League, whose record title-holders are Egyptian giants Al Ahly, who have lifted the trophy 8 times, doing so most recently in 2013. The CAF Confederation Cup is the continent's other annual championship, and has been won a record 3 times by Tunisian club CS Sfaxien, their most recent victory also coming in 2013. The winners of these two competitions face each other at the beginning of every year for the CAF Super Cup.

The continent's top international championship is the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), which is held every two years and contested by 16 national teams that advance from the qualification phase of the tournament. The continent's other international championship is the African Nations Championship (CHAN), which follows the same format as the CAN but can only contested by players in the respective countries' domestic championships.

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Kaizer Chiefs is a South African football club based in Johannesburg that plays in the Premier Soccer League. The team is nicknamed Amakhosi, which means "lords" or "chiefs" in Zulu, and the "Phefeni Glamour Boys". They currently play most of their home games at Soccer City in Nasrec, Soweto, which is commonly also referred to as the FNB Stadium. The club is arguably the most successful football club in the country, and also the most supported club in South Africa and the neighbouring countries of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia etc. It has been estimated that the club has over 16 million supporters.

The team has a local rivalry with Orlando Pirates, a fellow Soweto team which Chiefs founder Kaizer Motaung played for in his early playing career. Famous players who donned the black and gold jersey in the past include former national team captains Neil "Mokoko" Tovey, Lucas "Rhoo" Radebe and also Patrick "Ace" Ntsoelengoe and Doctor "16V" Khumalo.

Kaiser Chiefs, a British indie/britpop band, was named after the club because Lucas Radebe, a former player of Kaizer Chiefs, captained Leeds United, the team they all supported.

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A public bus in Nairobi, Kenya bearing the name of Spanish footballer Diego Costa, pictured on 17 August 2014. Football in Kenya is controlled by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), and the nation became a member of FIFA in 1960, prior to their independence in 1963.

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Christopher Samba is a Congolese professional footballer who plays as a defender. A member of the Congo national team, he last played club football for Greek side Panathinaikos.

Samba began his career in France with Ligue 2 club Sedan. After only three appearances, he was signed by Bundesliga side Hertha BSC, where he struggled for playing time before joining Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League for £450,000 on 25 January 2007. He was appointed club captain ahead of the 2010–11 season and went on to make 185 appearances for the club in all competitions before moving to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in February 2012. His three seasons at the club were split by a short return to English football with Queens Park Rangers for six months. In August 2013, Samba left Anzhi for Dynamo Moscow, where made over 50 appearances in all competitions before joining Panathinaikos in August 2016.

Samba made his debut for the Republic of the Congo in 2004 at the age of 20.

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