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They play for Darfur.

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To say the team has improved on the field is maybe one of the greater underestimations I may have made in my almost-40 years on this planet.

The football is unrecognizable from the hurried chatter and enthusiasm that kicked up the unbreathable dirt in the blazing heat of refugee camp Djabal in 2012.

At that time, we somehow selected a group of 16 individuals from the 60 hopeful players who attended that camp and we embarked on a journey that would lead us on an unlikely route from Chad to