Ace football youngster faces deportation23 May 2005

Football prodigy, Danillo Cadete, faces deportation after being told that he can no longer stay in the UK. The 14-year-old fled to the UK with his mother over 2 and a half years ago, following the brutal war in his native Angola.

Despite settling in Newcastle and becoming the star of his local football team, the boy’s dreams of playing for his beloved Newcastle United are now in shatters. Danillo has won many trophies and competitions whilst playing football – even meeting Brazilian legend Pele on one occasion. He plays for Newcastle City Boys, a youth team that has been a cradle for professional football players such as Newcastle United Captain and ex-England striker, Alan Shearer.

However, the Angolan civil war, which claimed 1.5 million lives, ended three years ago. The UK Home Office want to deport the family, but many fear they will return to persecution. Whilst living in the UK, Danillo learnt that his father, Helder Nicolau, 33, had been shot dead in Angola, presumably due to his political beliefs.

Dany said, “All I want is to stay here because I love it. My family are all here and we are scared we could be killed if we go back.”

The UK Home Office said that it does not comment on individual cases, but added, “All failed asylum-seekers who have no right to remain and do not leave voluntarily will be removed.”