This chapter unpacks these various socio-political dynamics by focusing on a historical analysis of football in Zimbabwe. It utilises a desk research approach to show the linkages between football and politics. Football in Zimbabwe is a colonial construct and thus this history is important in understanding how the game has continuously been used a political tool. As a child of colonial political processes, football in Zimbabwe has thus remained entrenched within this space where matches represent more than a mere sporting event. The chapter highlights how football has also been used as a vehicle of resistance to political oppression in both colonial and post-colonial periods. The popularity and mass appeal of football makes it attractive for politicians who see the game as a means to achieve their political ambitions. Numerous issues around ethnicity, violence, corruption and football governance are interrogated within the context of this chapter. The thrust is to show how football and politics are intricately linked within the context of a post-colonial state. The chapter also analysed the role of fans, importance of football in everyday life and also match-fixing scandal in Zimbabwe.
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