Angola national football team

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Angola
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Palancas Negras
(Sable Antelopes)
Association Federação Angolana de Futebol
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coach Jose Kilamba[1]
Captain Gilberto
Top scorer Akwá (38)
Home stadium Estádio 11 de Novembro
FIFA code ANG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 144 Decrease 10 (24 November 2016)
Highest 45 (July 2000)
Lowest 144 (November 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 101 (31 March 2015)
Highest 50 (September–October 2006)
Lowest 106 (10 September 2014)
First international
 PR Congo 1–3 PR Angola 
(Brazzaville, People's Republic of the Congo; 8 February 1976)
Biggest win
 Angola 11–1 Swaziland 
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 6–0 PR Angola 
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2006)
Best result Group stage, 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 7 (First in 1996)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2008 and 2010

The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Sable Antelopes), is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Federação Angolana de Futebol. Angola reached 45th in the FIFA Rankings in July 2002. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage: they were eliminated after one defeat and two draws in the group stage.

History[edit]

Angola played their first game against PR Congo on 8 February 1976, losing 3–2.

Angola qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations in 1996. They were drawn in Group A with South Africa, Egypt and Cameroon. They lost their first two games to Egypt and South Africa, but managed a 3–3 draw against Cameroon. They finished bottom of the group and did not reach the second round. Angola then qualified for their second successive African Cup of Nations in 1998, but again failed to reach the second round, drawing 0–0 with South Africa and 3–3 with Namibia, and losing 5–2 to Côte d'Ivoire.

After missing the last 3 tournaments, they qualified for the 2006 African Nations Cup. They recorded their first African Cup of Nations win against Togo, winning 3–2, two goals coming from Flávio and the other coming from Maurito. They also drew 0–0 against Congo DR and lost 3–1 against Cameroon. Angola's best performance then came in the 2008 African Nations Cup. They were drawn in Group D with Tunisia, South Africa and Senegal. They drew 1–1 and 0–0 with South Africa and Tunisia, then defeated Senegal 3–1, two goals coming from Manucho. In the quarter-finals they were beaten by eventual winners Egypt 2–1, but Manucho scored again, finishing with four goals in total.

Angola also won the COSAFA Cup in 1999, 2001 and 2004.

2006 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Angola qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup after only losing one game in the qualifying ahead of favourites Nigeria.

When picking the squad, Gonçalves sought advice from Chelsea manager José Mourinho, whose wife was born in Angola. Angola's Golden Generation saw players like Akwá, João Ricardo, Paulo Figueiredo and Jamba selected to go to the World Cup. Angola played six warm-up games against South Korea, Mauritius, Lesotho, Argentina, Turkey and USA.

Angola played their first World Cup finals game against Portuguese side, who won the match 1–0, the only goal coming from Pauleta.[2] There was a very friendly environment in and around the stadium during this match because of the links and friendship between the countries of Angola and Portugal. Angola drew 0–0 in their second game with Mexico, and still had a chance of qualifying for the second round had they beaten Iran in their final group game, but the match finished 1–1 after goals by Flávio and Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh. Angola were eliminated from the tournament only losing one game.[3][4]

Fans of the Angolan national football team in Cologne, Germany.

2010 World Cup failure[edit]

After the 2006 FIFA World Cup many of Angola's most experienced players such as Akwá and João Ricardo retired from the international game, but the expectation was still high for the team to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The team had a bye through the first round of qualification and in the second round they were drawn in Group 3 along with Benin, Uganda and Niger. Despite winning their first two matches, Angola failed to proceed to the third round, missing out by two points.

2010 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

As hosts of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, Angola were seeded in Group A along with Mali, Algeria, and Malawi. Coached by Manuel José, in their first game they drew 4–4 with Mali, after letting a 4–0 lead slip in the last 11 minutes (including three goals in stoppage time). They recovered from this by beating Malawi 2–0 in the second match, and topped the group by drawing 0–0 with Algeria. They were knocked out in the quarter final after a 1–0 defeat by eventual finalists Ghana.

Achievements[edit]

1999, 2001, 2004
1987
2011

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

As of 2013, Angola has qualified once for a FIFA World Cup. Its first participation on the FIFA World Cup qualification was on 1986, where they won in the first round, beating Senegal 4—3 on penalty kicks. They later lost on the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)#Second round to Algeria. Algeria went to the third round and qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.

Angola's first participation on the World Cup was on the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in Germany.

FIFA World Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Spain 1982
Did not enter
Mexico 1986 to
South Korea Japan 2002
Did not qualify
Germany 2006 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 2 1 1 2
South Africa 2010 to
Russia 2018
Did not qualify
Total Group Stage 1/21 3 0 2 1 1 2

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 0
Appearances: 6
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Did not enter Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify Equatorial GuineaGabon 2012 Round 1
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Did not enter South Africa 1996 Round 1 South Africa 2013 Round 1
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Did not enter Burkina Faso 1998 Round 1 Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Did not qualify GhanaNigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify Mali 2002 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1968 Did not enter Egypt 1986 Did not enter Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970 Did not enter Morocco 1988 Did not qualify Egypt 2006 Round 1
Cameroon 1972 Did not enter Algeria 1990 Did not qualify Ghana 2008 Quarterfinals
Egypt 1974 Did not enter Senegal 1992 Did not qualify Angola 2010 Quarterfinals

Results and fixtures[edit]

2016[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against Botswana on 30 September 2016.[5]
Caps and goals updated as of 30 September 2016 after the game against Botswana.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK António (1994-07-25) 25 July 1994 (age 22) 10 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
12 1GK Gerson (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Angola Petró de Luanda

2 2DF Fabrício Mafuta (1988-09-20) 20 September 1988 (age 28) 19 0 Angola Interclube
4 2DF Gomito II (1991-06-10) 10 June 1991 (age 25) 10 0 Angola Interclube
3 2DF Eddy Afonso (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 22) 7 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo
5 2DF David Kuagica (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 26) 6 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo
13 2DF Nandinho (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 18) 3 0 Angola Kabuscorp
18 2DF Paízo (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Angola 1° de Agosto

11 3MF Ary Papel (c) (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 22) 26 5 Angola 1º de Agosto
10 3MF Pirolito (1993-04-07) 7 April 1993 (age 23) 16 0 Angola Interclube
15 3MF Ito (1994-11-29) 29 November 1994 (age 22) 11 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo
14 3MF Isaac (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 25) 9 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
7 3MF Paty (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 26) 6 0 Angola Interclube
16 3MF Carlinhos (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 23) 5 0 Angola Petró de Luanda
6 3MF Pana (1992-03-09) 9 March 1992 (age 24) 3 1 Portugal Académico Viseu
17 3MF Herenilson (1996-08-27) 27 August 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Angola Petró de Luanda

8 4FW Gelson (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 20) 14 8 Angola 1º de Agosto
9 4FW Yano (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 24) 13 1 Angola Progresso Sambizanga

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Landú (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 26) 20 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2016
GK Mário (1985-06-01) 1 June 1985 (age 31) 5 0 Angola Kabuscorp v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2016
GK Josué (2000-07-17) 17 July 2000 (age 16) 3 0 Angola Kabuscorp v.  Mauritius, 16 June 2016

DF Tekadiomona (1997-07-26) 26 July 1997 (age 19) 3 0 v.  Mauritius, 16 June 2016
DF Pepé (1999-09-17) 17 September 1999 (age 17) 2 0 Angola Progresso v.  Mauritius, 16 June 2016
DF Tomé (1998-07-22) 22 July 1998 (age 18) 2 0 Angola Petró de Luanda v.  Mauritius, 16 June 2016
DF Joaquim (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 18) 2 0 Angola Interclube v.  Mauritius, 16 June 2016
DF Nataniel (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 23) 12 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo v.  Ethiopia, 25 January 2016
DF Silva (1982-05-13) 13 May 1982 (age 34) 6 1 Angola Kabuscorp v.  Ethiopia, 25 January 2016
DF Bastos (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 25) 29 2 Italy Lazio v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2016
DF Miguel Quiame (1991-09-17) 17 September 1991 (age 25) 28 0 Angola Petró de Luanda v.  DR Congo, 21 January 2016
DF Genséric Kusunga (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 28) 11 0 Portugal União da Madeira v.  Central African Republic, 5 June 2016
DF Jonathan Mananga (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 23) 11 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren v.  Central African Republic, 5 June 2016
DF Abdul (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 22) 8 2 Angola Petró de Luanda v.  Central African Republic, 5 June 2016
DF Hugo Valdez (1991-05-25) 25 May 1991 (age 25) 1 0 Angola Interclube v.  Madagascar, 3 September 2016

MF Mingo Bile (1987-06-15) 15 June 1987 (age 29) 26 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Ethiopia, 25 January 2016
MF Manucho Diniz (1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 30) 17 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Ethiopia, 25 January 2016
MF Buá (1988-09-06) 6 September 1988 (age 28) 5 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Ethiopia, 25 January 2016
MF Nélson da Luz (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 18) 2 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Mauritius, 16 June 2016
MF Zinedine Catraio (1998-06-17) 17 June 1998 (age 18) 1 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Mauritius, 16 June 2016
MF Mateus Domingos (1993-08-20) 20 August 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Angola Petró de Luanda v.  Ethiopia, 25 January 2016
MF Manguxi (1991-11-27) 27 November 1991 (age 25) 2 0 Angola Petró de Luanda v.  Ethiopia, 25 January 2016
MF Dário (1982-06-25) 25 June 1982 (age 34) 8 1 Angola Recreativo do Libolo v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2016
MF Gildo (1983-05-01) 1 May 1983 (age 33) 3 0 Angola Recreativo Caála v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2016
MF Dany (1990-01-14) 14 January 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Albania Luftëtari v.  Malawi, 12 June 2016
MF Além (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 18) 1 0 Angola v.  Malawi, 12 June 2016
MF Clinton (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 24) 8 0 Belgium Charleroi v.  Central African Republic, 5 June 2016
MF Sargento (1989-01-10) 10 January 1989 (age 27) 0 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Guinea, 16 January 2016
MF António Anato (1994-01-19) 19 January 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Angola Progresso v.  Guinea, 16 January 2016
MF Dani Traça (1987-04-03) 3 April 1987 (age 29) 0 0 Angola Desportivo Huíla v.  Guinea, 16 January 2016

FW Filhão (1995-06-14) 14 June 1995 (age 21) 6 0 Angola ASA v.  Mauritius, 16 June 2016
FW Fredy (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 26) 14 1 Netherlands Excelsior Rotterdam v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2016
FW Mateus (1984-06-19) 19 June 1984 (age 32) 46 7 Portugal Arouca v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2016
FW Popó (1998-04-04) 4 April 1998 (age 18) 2 0 Angola Progresso v.  Mauritius, 16 June 2016
FW Chabalala (1999-09-23) 23 September 1999 (age 17) 4 0 Angola Académica Lobito v.  Madagascar, 3 September 2016
FW Moco (1989-05-09) 9 May 1989 (age 27) 3 0 Angola Interclube v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2016
FW José Miranda (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 19) 2 0 Angola Sagrada Esperança v.  Mauritius, 16 June 2016
FW Igor Vetokele (1993-03-23) 23 March 1993 (age 23) 5 0 Belgium Zulte Waregem v.  Central African Republic, 5 June 2016
FW (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 18) 4 0 Angola Real Sambila v.  Madagascar, 3 September 2016
FW Love (1979-03-14) 14 March 1979 (age 37) 62 9 Angola Sagrada Esperança v.  DR Congo, 29 March 2016
FW Paizinho (1983-03-19) 19 March 1983 (age 33) 2 0 Angola Recreativo Caála v.  Madagascar, 3 September 2016
FW Atanásio (1997-04-03) 3 April 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Angola Interclube v.  Madagascar, 3 September 2016
Notes
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to injury.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.
  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.

Previous squads[edit]

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

Kit suppliers[edit]

Between 2006 and 2012, Angola's kits were supplied by Puma. Adidas took over in 2012 and remain Angola's kit suppliers to this day.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.fifa.com/associations/association=ANG/index.html
  2. ^ Brodkin, Jon (12 June 2006). "Figo sparkles as Ronaldo's tricks lead to the bench". Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mexico 0–0 Angola". BBC. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Iran 1–1 Angola". BBC. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Angola squad to face Botswana". africanfootball.com. 

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