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Fans warned on Africa Cup travel

Luanda stadium
The Luanda stadium is still under construction

British football fans have been warned against travelling independently to Angola for the Africa Cup of Nations next January.

The Foreign Office said supporters planning to attend "should do so in the company of persons or organisations experienced in local conditions".

It added that crime levels in capital city Luanda were high.

Angola was a controversial choice for host, having only ended its 27-year civil war in 2002.

The government has used the tournament as a stimulus for reconstruction and is spending more than $1bn (£625m) on four new stadiums, new access roads, and on refitting and extending airports.

On Tuesday, Confederation of African Football officials said preparations to host the tournament, held every two years, were on track.

Matches will be played in Luanda, Cabinda, Benguela and Lubango.

In a statement posted on its website, the Foreign Office said conditions in Angola can be "difficult and dangerous".

It added: "Transport and accommodation are extremely limited, so make arrangements in advance."

It said there is "a shattered infrastructure and millions of mines and items of unexploded ordnance throughout many parts of the country".



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