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Crystal Palace's Zaire-born Belgian striker Christian Benteke celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park in south London on December 3, 2016. Photo: ANP/ AFP Ian Kington
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The Congo’s gift to Belgium

To many sports lovers, the French national football team is a beacon of multiculturalism and racial integration. For several decades now, the Les Blues has largely been composed of white, black and Arab players, all proudly united under the French flag and the national anthem, the Marseillaise. One country that has also followed the French example of assimilation is Belgium, as Enock Muchinjo explains through the story of Belgian international Christian Benteke.

Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko (L) fights British boxer Dereck Chisora (R) during the WBC World Heavyweight Championship in the Olympic hall in Munich, Germany, 18 February 2012. Klitschko defended his World Boxing Council heavyweight title.  Photo: EPA/Marc M¸ller
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The untold life of a heavyweight boxer from Zimbabwe

The story of former British heavyweight titleholder Dereck Chisora’s birth in Mbare, Harare’s oldest black township, is well known. Little has been said about his upbringing in an inter-racial family until his departure for the UK at the age of 16. His uncle, Paul de Souza, a former Zimbabwe national judoka, sat down with Enock Muchinjo to talk about the boxer’s troubled childhood, family and race in Rhodesia.

Liverpool's Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the pre-season International Champions Cup football match between Spanish champions, Barcelona and Liverpool at Wembley stadium in London on August 6, 2016. Photo: ANP/ AFP Glyn Kirk
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Sadio the main Mane

Sadio Mane is the most expensive African footballer in history. Thankfully, Mane is not one of the big stars from Francophone West Africa who have opted to play for their adopted European countries, mostly France. But in a few months’ time, Mane might be caught up in a familiar row that has often stalked top European-based African footballers, the club versus country debate.