Mancala/Mankala is played by transfering stones, counters or buttons around a number of 'bins' or dips in the ground.There are more than 200 different versions of this ‘count and capture’ game, which is known by many different names in Africa, including wari/owari, kombe and aweet.And of course, African children love ball games such as football, basketball and volleyball.and Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast, or Michael Essien from Ghana.Senet boards have been discovered in burial chambers and depicted on the walls of Egyptian tombs.Unfortunately, no one wrote down how it was played.Former Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller is in the top 20 and no player comes remotely close to his phenomenal goals-per-game ratio of 0.95.Puskas boasted a goal-to-game ratio of 0.85 and Di Stefano's was 0.84, while Messi's is currently 0.82, which is undoubtedly the best in the modern era.
There is a significant gulf between that pair and the rest, with Madrid icon Raul following in third place.
Played with carved boards of wood/ivory or simply on the ground, the game is enjoyed by leaders and commoners, adults and children alike.
Some board games are popular in particular countries or regions, for example: Across Africa, children take part in singing and clapping games.
Circle games of all sorts are popular and sometimes similar to those played in other parts of the world.
See the video of children playing in Namibia - People & Culture.