Changing the game: The dynamics of the commercialisation of football in Eastern Africa

Jörg Wiegratz 

Jörg Wiegratz is Lecturer in Political Economy of Global Development. He works on the political economy and moral economy of neoliberalism, with a particular focus on the topics of moral change, economic fraud and anti-fraud measures. He joined the University of Leeds, School of Politics and International Studies, in 2012. Previously, he taught at the Universities of Bath and Sheffield. In the 2000s, Jörg worked in Uganda for some years; for the UN Industrial Development Organization, the Government of Uganda’s Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Industry and the German Agency for Technical Cooperation. He has been a Resource Person at Makerere University and a Visiting Scholar at the Economic Policy Research Centre, Kampala.

Jörg is is a member of the editorial working group of Review of African Political Economy; here, he coordinates the projects on Capitalism in Africa, and Economic trickery, fraud and crime in Africa. He is the author of Uganda’s Human Resource Challenge: Training, Business Culture and Economic Development (Fountain Publishers, 2009), Neoliberal Moral Economy: Capitalism, Socio-Cultural Change and Fraud in Uganda (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), and co-editor of Neoliberalism and the moral economy of fraud (Routledge, with David Whyte, 2016) and Neoliberal Uganda (Zed Books, forthcoming, with Giuliano Martiniello and Elisa Greco).

Christine Mbuko

Christine Mbuko has a BA and MA in International Relations (Development Economics) from The United States International University. She has 13 years' experience in teaching International Relations at the same University (African Philosophy, Developmental Issues in Africa and a range of Research based Courses). She has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a Bank, a Marketing Agency and currently runs a football-based program for children in Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo, affiliated to a Portuguese scouting organization.

Frank Onyango Ouma

Frank Onyango Ouma has a BA and MA in International Relations from the United States International University. He is a former professional football player in Kenya and currently works as a program manager and trainer in a sport for development organization in Nairobi. He also works as a consultant with a Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) funded program in Somalia.

Adam Rodgers Johns

Adam Rodgers Johns has a BA and MA in Social Anthropology and African Studies from SOAS. He conducted research on the commercialisation of football in Tanzania which formed the basis of his MA dissertation. He is a proud supporter of Dulwich Hamlet FC.