Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hope Rises out of War

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hope Rises out of War

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Byline: By Julio Chitunda

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

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 nonetheless 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.

Achieving qualification ended a long drought for Angola who first tried to qualify for the World Cup in 1986 and who have often faltered, with Algeria and Cameroon being bogey teams for the 'Black Antelopes'.

The fact the country has finally come of football age must be put down to the improved social fabric since the end of the civil war and the arrival of Oliveira Goncalves at the reins of the team. …

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