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Africa Cup of Nations: Soccer Tournament Offers Joy Amid Coups and Covid

Many countries competing in the Africa Cup of Nations are enduring security, economic and political crises, but the tournament has brought delight and solidarity.

Senegalese fans in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on Wednesday. The Africa Cup of Nations tournament has brought some respite for countries going through major political upheavals, war and the pandemic.
Senegalese fans in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on Wednesday. The Africa Cup of Nations tournament has brought some respite for countries going through major political upheavals, war and the pandemic.
Senegalese fans in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on Wednesday. The Africa Cup of Nations tournament has brought some respite for countries going through major political upheavals, war and the pandemic.

Published Feb. 5, 2022 Updated Feb. 7, 2022

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YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon — She had watched some of the matches secretly, volume turned down low so that nobody would report her. She had seen the threats, and knew that she could be kidnapped or killed for watching the African soccer tournament that her country, Cameroon, was hosting.

But she was fed up with containing her excitement each time Cameroon scored, so on Wednesday, Ruth, who lives in a region at war where secessionist rebels have forbidden watching the games, secretly traveled to the capital, Yaoundé, to support her team in person.