03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Soccer In Sudan: Guns And Soldiers Required

KHARTOUM, Sudan -- The streets emptied at sunset. Twitchy-faced soldiers hit the pavement, literally thousands of them, wearing all stripes of camouflage, blues, greens, grays and browns. They twirled clubs and AK-47s and plastic pipes and ragged old beating sticks. Their giant trucks with four-foot-high wheels blocked the roads. This did not feel like a major sporting event. It felt more like a presidential coup.

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