Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fighting Not Yet Forgotten

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fighting Not Yet Forgotten

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Angola travel to the World Cup with the turbulence of civil war still fresh in the memory.

For most of the 31 years since Angola won independence from Portugal, the country has been afflicted by one of the world's most appalling conflicts.

Millions died or fled the country in a conflict which only ended in 2002.

The country's infrastructure has been affected by the years of war but coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves has constructed a football team which has qualified for a World Cup.

It is perhaps the most incredible achievement of all the teams who travel to Germany this summer.

The country has a proud tradition in team sports ( and not just football.

The fact that the nation was part of the Portuguese empire means it has strong footballing links with the mother country and also Brazil, another Portuguese-speaking nation.

In handball, Angola have qualified for the men's 2007 World Cup while the women won the African title.

In basketball, Angola won the African title for the eighth time and will be competing at this year's FIBA World Championship in Japan. …

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