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January 7, 2011 - Juba, Sudan - Southern Sudanese basektball players compete in a local match in Juba basketball stadium in Nimra Talata, two days before the start of a landmark vote on independence after five decades of conflict between south and north of Sudan. If there is one thing south Sudan is famous for in the outside world, it is the super lofty stars with which it has studded the NBA and now, as nationhood beckons, it is basketball that it is looking to make a name in international sports. Photo credit: Benedicte Desrus