Bolivian president makes soccer debut
LA PAZ, Bolivia -- President Evo Morales has made his soccer debut with a second-division club organized by Bolivia's national police.
The 47-year-old Morales wore the No. 10 jersey traditionally reserved for a team's playmaker and failed to score during 41 minutes of action. But his Litoral team defeated Deportivo Municipal 4-1. Police officers cheered Morales from the stands.
Morales is a soccer fanatic and signed up to play with second-division Litoral about a month ago. He has also lobbied hard against a FIFA rule that effectively bans international matches at high-altitude sites such as Bolivia's capital.
Morales played soccer as a young man on a local coca farmers' team. He stays in practice as president with games with palace staffers.