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The football association of the West African Republic of Benin has come up with an unusual way of identifying players for its national team. On its website, www.febefoot.net, the association ran a search for talented, but as yet undiscovered footballers, the aim being to assemble a capable squad for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana. Players with the required talent and passport were asked to submit their applications by 20 November, quoting their personal details and the telephone number of their current club coach. The best applicants will be invited for a trial.