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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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The African Women's Championship is an international women's football competition held every two years and sanctioned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF). It was first contested in 1991, but was not held biennially until 1998. Nigeria is the most successful nation is the tournament's history, having won a record 8 titles, meaning they have won all but one of the previous tournaments.

The competition has served as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women's World Cup every other year since its inception in 1991. In 2006, the final round of the competition took place in Nigeria for the third time, replacing Gabon, which was initially granted the right to host but later pulled out citing financial difficulties.

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Public bus in Nairobi
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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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Emmanuel Adebayor warming up for Manchester City in 2010
Emmanuel Adebayor is a Togolese professional footballer who currently plays for Turkish club İstanbul Başakşehir as a striker. He previously played for English clubs Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as Metz, Monaco and Real Madrid. He was voted African Footballer of the Year for 2008.

Adebayor represented the Togo national team at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the country's début, and to date only, appearance at the World Cup. In January 2010, Adebayor was one of the players involved when the Togo team's bus came under gunfire on the way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, after which he retired from national team duty. In 2013 he returned to the Togo team for the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa, where he helped them to qualify for the quarterfinals. He is currently Togo's all-time top goalscorer with 27 goals.

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