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BANGKOK (Reuters) - With transvestite mascots sashaying around the pitch, Nigeria has beaten Japan 5-1 as inmates at the "Bangkok Hilton" kicked off their own World Cup.
"We've been training once a day for a month. It's great. It relieves the stress of prison life," said 35-year old Prince Juvenal, a Nigerian doing time for drugs trafficking at Thailand's notorious prison.
Inmates in women's clothing and a prison brass band led out the eight teams of prisoners at Bangkok's all-male Klong Prem prison. The England team was preceded by a man dressed as Queen Elizabeth II ( news - web sites) while Japan's team mascot donned a kimono.
Nigeria, France, Germany, Thailand, England, Italy, the United States and Japan are battling over the next few days for a wooden model of the real world ( news - Y! TV) cup trophy made by inmates.
Toothbrushes and soap will also be awarded to the winning team.
Emmanuel Agbana of the Nigerian embassy said he was not surprised his compatriots easily unlocked the Japanese defence.
"We are a great footballing nation," he said.
The jail is home to 1,132 foreign inmates serving sentences of between 10 and 30 years for crimes such as drug trafficking and murder, prison officials said.
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