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Too poor to stay - too ashamed to go home

It's a dream for most young boys all over the world - becoming a player in the top flight of football. But so-called agents are exploiting those dreams, promising that they can get youngsters in Africa a trial with top-name clubs in Europe, in return for cash. Once they've raised the money and reached Europe, many of the would-be footballers are abandoned, unable to afford the fare home, where their families are left shouldering the cost of the agent's fee.