Sometimes you get a shocking event that reminds you there’s more to life than football. When news first started filtering through of the attack, I felt sick. 2010 should be a celebration of African football. Instead, it turned the focus back onto the continent.
And through all this, there’s been some absolutely shocking reporting and opinion pieces from people who should know better online, on Twitter, on air and in print.
Chief among this is the idea that what happens in a war-torn enclave belonging to Angola is somehow directly linked to the World Cup in South Africa. It’s like saying the Balkans War raised questions about World Cup ’98. At best it’s ridiculous, at worst it’s lazy, irresponsible and patronising.