Friday, March 23, 2007

Rwanda's Lost Generation

Interesting article from the BBC about the lost generation of Rwandan football players.

As many know, Rwanda went through a tragic genocide in 1994, where an estimated 800,000 people, many of them teenage boys, were slaughtered.

Rwandan skipper Michael Nees said, "We have a team in transition because this country lacks a whole generation of players in their mid-20s.

"As the more established team members have got older, we've had to look for much younger talent to integrate into the side and I think it's only now we are coming out of the valley,' said Nees, who took over as national coach last July.

Rwanda were surprise participants at the 2004 Nations Cup Finals in Tunisia. They just failed to reach the quarterfinals in a performance hailed as a fairytale for a country still recovering from its traumatic experience.

Rwanda plays Equatorial Guinea this weekend and lie bottom of Group Five in 2008 African Cup qualifying.

UPDATE: Equatorial Guinea beat Rwanda 3-1 in Malabo on Sunday.

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