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Youngsters will reap the long-term rewards of the January tournament according to one of Angola's technology ministers.

The hosting of the African Cup of Nations in Angola will attract local youths into the sport according to an Angolan technology minister.

The tournament, being held in the country in January, will do a great deal of good for the youth, as well as seeing general infrastructure improvements, according to Angola's director of technological development for the ministry of science and technology, Gabriel Luis Miguel.

Speaking at a press conference, Luis Miguel added that the competition will bring great benefits for the country, such as incentives to practice the sport within younger age groups.

"A country hosting such a big sporting event inevitably gets into the spirit of the tournament as they are experiencing the teams, fans and excitement first hand. As a result they play more football and are motivated to improve and practice.

"This process affects the youth in a big way, and will often improve the quality of football in the years to come thanks to the generation of youngsters who experienced a big tournament first hand."

Luis Miguel said that the hosting of the competition is a boost to the country as many new infrastructures have been built for the occasion. These include stadiums and hotels, as well as the construction and repair of roads. This will therefore be a big boost for the country economically and socially as well.

The competition will take place in the Angolan cities of Luanda, Lubango, Cabinda and Benguela, from January 10-31.

Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com

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