2018–19 Girabola

The 2018–19 Girabola is the 41st season of top-tier football in Angola. The season will run from 27 October 2018 to 19 May 2019.[1]

Girabola
Season2018–19
Matches played236
Goals scored491 (2.08 per match)
Top goalscorerMabululu (14)
Biggest home winD'Agosto 5–0 Sta Rita (01 Dec 2018)
Biggest away winSporting 0–3 Progresso (03 Nov 2018)
ASA 0–3 1º Agosto (22 Nov 2018)
Highest scoringC.Cubango 3–4 Sta Rita (30 Dec 2018)
Longest winning runDesportivo (7) (18 Dec–26 Jan)
Longest unbeaten run1º Agosto (30) (30 Oct–19 May)
Longest winless runSporting (15) (29 Dec–3 Apr)
Longest losing run(4)Six teams
2018
All statistics correct as of 19 May 2019.

The league comprises 16 teams, the bottom three of which will be relegated to the 2020 Provincial stages.

The winner and the runner-up qualify to the 2019–20 CAF Champions League whereas the 3rd placed team qualifies to the 2019–20 CAF Confederation Cup.

In the 13th round match between Saurimo FC and ASA, the home team goal-keeper Anselmo, felt confident enough to leave his goal unguarded and shoot a free kick that had been awarded for his team, 25 minutes into the game. His confidence paid off as he scored the only goal in the home team's 1-0 win, something unheard of in Angolan football.[2]

TeamsEdit

A total of 16 teams contested the league, including 13 sides from the 2018 season and three promoted from the 2018 Segundona - ASA, Saurimo FC (ex-Bikuku FC) and Santa Rita de Cássia.

On the other hand, Domant FC, J.G.M. and Primeiro de Maio were the last three teams of the 2018 season and will play in their respective provincial leagues seeking qualification for the 2019–20 2nd division qualifiers. Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto are the defending champions from the 2018 season.

Changes from 2018 seasonEdit

Relegated: Domant FC, J.G.M., Primeiro de Maio
Promoted: ASA, Saurimo FC (ex-Bikuku FC), Santa Rita de Cássia

FAF penaltiesEdit

  • As a result of a match-fixing investigation launched by the Angolan Football Federation (FAF) on the 17th round match between Desportivo da Huila and 1º de Agosto, each team forfeited 3 points and a $5,000 fine.[3]
  • Kabuscorp do Palanca forfeited 9 points, for failing to address payment claims by a total 6 former employees (including players, technical and medical staff), following a 15-day deadline stipulated by FAF.
  • Bravos do Maquis forfeited 3 points, for failing to address payment claims by former player Silvino Assete, following a 15-day deadline stipulated by FAF.

FIFA penaltyEdit

The Angolan Football Federation was instructed by FIFA to relegate Kabuscorp for failing to meet payment claims by former player Rivaldo.[4][5] Even though the debt has reportedly been paid in full, Kabuscorp failed to pay within the established deadline. The club faced a second relegation penalty regarding their dispute with TP Mazembe[6][7]

Stadiums and locationsEdit

Team Home city Stadium Capacity 2018 season
Académica do Lobito Lobito Estádio do Buraco [i] 15,000 5th in Girabola
ASA Luanda Estádio dos Coqueiros 12,000 1st in Segundona
Bravos do Maquis Luena Estádio Mundunduleno 4,300 8th in Girabola
Cuando Cubango FC Kuito Estádio dos Eucaliptos [ii] 3,300 11th in Girabola
Desportivo da Huíla Lubango Estádio do Ferroviário da Huíla 25,000 6th in Girabola
Interclube Luanda Estádio 22 de Junho 7,000 3rd in Girabola
Kabuscorp Luanda Estádio dos Coqueiros 12,000 9th in Girabola
Petro de Luanda Luanda Estádio 11 de Novembro 50,000 2nd in Girabola
Primeiro de Agosto Luanda Estádio 11 de Novembro 50,000 Girabola Champions
Progresso do Sambizanga Luanda Estádio dos Coqueiros 12,000 13th in Girabola
Recreativo da Caála Caála Estádio Mártires da Canhala 8,000 12th in Girabola
Recreativo do Libolo Calulo Estádio Municipal 5,000 4th in Girabola
Sagrada Esperança Dundo Estádio Sagrada Esperança 8,000 7th in Girabola
Santa Rita de Cássia Uíge Estádio 4 de Janeiro 12,000 3rd in Segundona
Saurimo FC [iii] Saurimo Estádio das Mangueiras 7,500 2nd in Segundona
Sporting de Cabinda Cabinda Estádio do Tafe 9,000 10th in Girabola
  1. ^ In major/risky matches such as those involving 1º de Agosto, Petro de Luanda and Kabuscorp, they play at the Estádio de Ombaka as their home court.
  2. ^ Cuando Cubango FC played their home games in the city of Kuito as their home court in Menongue is undergoing some repairs after being ruled unfit by a FAF inspection.
  3. ^ Formerly Bikuku FC

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation[a]
1 Primeiro de Agosto[b] (C) 30 20 10 0 51 9 +42 67 Qualification for Champions League
2 Petro de Luanda 30 19 7 4 40 15 +25 64
3 Desportivo da Huíla[b] 30 15 8 7 36 25 +11 50
4 Kabuscorp[c] (R) 30 13 10 7 35 26 +9 49 Relegation to Provincial stages
5 Interclube 30 11 11 8 27 22 +5 44
6 Sagrada Esperança 30 10 11 9 31 26 +5 41
7 Progresso do Sambizanga 30 9 13 8 33 29 +4 40
8 Recreativo do Libolo 30 10 9 11 31 30 +1 39
9 Recreativo da Caála 30 8 13 9 30 34 −4 37
10 Bravos do Maquis[d] 30 7 15 8 28 28 0 33
11 Santa Rita de Cássia 30 8 8 14 32 41 −9 32
12 Académica do Lobito 30 7 10 13 23 29 −6 31
13 Sporting de Cabinda 30 6 12 12 30 43 −13 30
14 Cuando Cubango FC[e] 30 6 8 16 30 51 −21 26[f]
15 ASA (R) 30 5 11 14 26 48 −22 26[f] Relegation to Provincial stages
16 Saurimo FC (R) 30 5 6 19 20 47 −27 21
Source: Girabola.com
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Goal difference; 4) Head-to-head goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Fair-play points; 7) Play-off.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ No teams enter the Confederation Cup. Desportivo da Huíla are Angola Cup runners-up (Primeiro de Agosto are cup winners) but declined to participate,[8] while Kabuscorp were relegated and thus not eligible.
  2. ^ a b Primeiro de Agosto and Desportivo da Huíla forfeited 3 points on suspicion of match-fixing on the 17th round match.[9]
  3. ^ Kabuscorp had forfeited 9 points as a result of payment default. On appeal, after the plaintiffs dropped their claims, all points were restored. Regarding their dispute with former player Rivaldo, the club was ordered to be relegated by FIFA for failing to pay the outstanding debt within the established deadline.[10]
  4. ^ Bravos do Maquis forfeited 3 points as a result of payment default.
  5. ^ Cuando Cubango FC were originally relegated, but remained in Girabola due to Kabuscorp's relegation.
  6. ^ a b Head-to-head results: C.Cubango 2, ASA 1; ASA 2 C.Cubango 2.

ResultsEdit

Home \ Away ACA ASA BRA CCU DES INT KAB PET PRI PRO CAA LIB SAG SAU SCC SRC
Académica do Lobito 2–1 0–0 4–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–2 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 1–1
ASA 0–0 2–1 2–2 1–3 0–1 1–2 0–0 0–3 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–1 2–1
Bravos do Maquis 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–2 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 3–2
Cuando Cubango FC 1–2 2–1 2–1 0–0 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–3 1–1 0–2 2–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 3–4
Desportivo da Huíla 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–0 3–3 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–1 0–0
Interclube 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–2
Kabuscorp 3–1 0–1 0–0 3–2 2–0 2–1 1–4 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–0 1–1 3–0 3–1 0–0
Petro de Luanda 1–0 3–0 0–2 3–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–0 3–1
Primeiro de Agosto 1–0 4–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 3–0 3–3 2–0 1–0 5–0
Progresso do Sambizanga 3–0 2–1 1–1 3–1 0–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–3 3–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 1–0
Recreativo da Caála 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–0 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 1–1 1–0
Recreativo do Libolo 3–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–0
Sagrada Esperança 0–0 3–0 1–1 2–0 2–1 3–1 0–1 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–0 0–1 1–0
Saurimo FC 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–3 0–2 0–0 1–3 1–1 2–1 1–3 0–1 3–2
Sporting de Cabinda 1–1 6–2 0–0 3–1 0–1 1–3 0–0 1–1 2–4 0–3 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–2
Santa Rita de Cássia 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–1 0–1 2–0 3–0 1–0 1–2 1–0 3–2
Updated to match(es) played on 19 May 2019. Source: girabola.com[11]
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Positions by roundEdit

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
1º de Agosto1121111111111111122211111111111
Petro de Luanda1123322354322222211122222222222
Desportivo da Huíla31211988742233333333333333333343
Kabuscorp34911116535444444444444444444434
Interclube11148845899101112138109710101010866655565
Sagrada Esperança3445574710777897666556555566756
Progresso3112336688655555556677109787677
Recreativo do Libolo11146671113141415121391191110987567810109888
Recreativo da Caála1591314149101065887101178898898108910999
Bravos do Maquis31044642236566668977991097978101010
Santa Rita17121515141515151213101178101212131111111211111111111211
Sporting de Cabinda151616161610128791011121414131413141312121112131313131112
Académica do Lobito1767913913111199101312121311111213131313121212121313
Cuando Cubango FC31215121215111212141515141515151515151514141515151514151514
ASA31014101012141113131414151213141114121415151414141415141415
Saurimo FC349131316161616161616161616161616161616161616161616161616
Leader (2019–20 CAF Champions League)
Runner-up (2019–20 CAF Champions League)
3rd place (2019–20 CAF Confederation Cup)
Relegation to 2020 Provincial stages
Source: Girabola

Clubs season progressEdit

Team ╲ Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Académica Lobito[a]WLDDLLWLWLWLLLDDDDLDLLWDDWLDLW
ASA[b]DDLWLDLWLDLDLWDLWLLLLDDDLDLWLD
Bravos do MaquisDDWDDWDWDLDDDDDLWDDLDWWWLLLLDL
Cuando Cubango FCDLLWDLWDLLLDDLLLLWWLDDLLDLWLLW
Desportivo da HuílaDLWDDDWWWWWWWLLDLWWWDLDWWLWLDW
InterclubeDLWDWDLDDLLDDWDDWLLWDWWWLWDWLW
KabuscorpDWLLDWWWLWDWWDLWLWWDWDDLWWDDDL
Petro de LuandaDWDWWLWWDWWWLWDWWLWDDWWWLWWWWD
1º de AgostoDWWWWDDDWWDDWWWDDWWWWWDWWWDWWW
ProgressoDWWDDDLDLDWWDWLWDDLDLDLDWLWWLD
Recreativo da CaálaWLLDLDWWWLLDDLDWDDLWDDWLLDDWDD
Recreativo do Libolo[c]DLWDDLDLDLWLLWWWDWWWLDLLLDWDWL
Sagrada EsperançaDWDDDWLLWDDLLWDWWWLDLWLWDLDDWL
Saurimo FC[d]DWLLLLDLDLWLWLDLLLDDLLLLWLLLWL
Sporting de CabindaLLDLWWWDLDDLDLDDDDLDDDWLLLLWWL
Santa RitaLWLLDDLLWWLWLWDLLLLDDDDWDWLLLW
  1. ^ Académica Lobito was awarded a 0-3 loss by default in its round 13 match against Recreativo do Libolo.
  2. ^ ASA was awarded a 0-3 loss by default in its round 16 match against Sagrada Esperança.
  3. ^ Recreativo da Caála was awarded a 0-3 loss by default in its inaugural match against Santa Rita de Cássia.
  4. ^ Saurimo FC was awarded a 0-3 loss by default in its round 6 match against Recreativo da Caála.

StatisticsEdit

Top scorersEdit

As of 19 May 2019
Rank Scorer Club Apps Goals
1   Mabululu 1º de Agosto 22(4) 14
2   Azulão Petro de Luanda 25(1) 13
3   Chico Bravos do Maquis 27(2)
4   Lionel Desportivo da Huíla 26(2) 12
5   Jiresse Sagrada Esperança 21(3) 10
6   Tony Petro de Luanda 21(7) 9
7   Daddy Kabuscorp 29

Hat-tricksEdit

[12][13]

Player For Against S R Date
  Tony Petro de Luanda Progresso Sambizanga 3-0 (H) 15 29 January 2019
  Kaya Rec do Libolo Cuando Cubango FC 3-1 (H) 15 2 February 2019
  Chico Bravos do Maquis Sta Rita de Cássia 3-2 (H) 18 9 March 2019
  Azulão Petro de Luanda Kabuscorp 1-4 (A) 24 13 April 2019


 2018–19 Girabola winner 
 
Clube Desportivo Primeiro de Agosto
13th title
Squad:
Neblú, Nsesani, Tony Cabaça (GK)
Bobo, Bonifácio, Dani, Isaac, Mingo Bile, Natael, Paizo, Yisa (DF)
Aquino, Ary Papel, Buá, Cirilo, Kila, Macaia, Mário, Mongo, Nelson, Show (MF)
Dago, Mabululu, Melono, Vanilson, Zito (FW)
Dragan Jović (Head Coach)
 Top Scorer 
  Mabululu

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Angola 2018/19, RSSSF.com
  2. ^ "Girabola2018/19: Saurimo FC - ASA (ficha técnica)" (in Portuguese). ANGOP Angolan News Agency. 21 Jan 2019. Retrieved 22 Jan 2019.
  3. ^ "1º de Agosto Club express outrage, to appeal against Federation's decision". ANGOP Angolan News Agency. 2 Apr 2019.
  4. ^ "FIFA: Angola's Kabuscorp Sport Clube do Palanca to suffer relegation". Kingfut.com. 3 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Sports Ministry requests FAF to intervene in Kabuscorp's FIFA sanction". ANGOP Angolan News Agency. 6 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Angolan Football Federation relegates Kabuscorp to second division". ANGOP Angolan News Agency. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Comunicado Oficial Nº22/19" (PDF) (in Portuguese). faf.co.ao. Retrieved 6 Jun 2019.
  8. ^ "Futebol: Desportivo da Huíla desiste da Taça da Confederação" (in Portuguese). ANGOP Angolan News Agency. 3 Jun 2019. Retrieved 4 Jun 2019.
  9. ^ "Comunicado Oficial Nº13/19" (PDF). faf.co.ao. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Comunicado Oficial Nº19/19" (PDF). faf.co.ao. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Calendário de Jogos do Girabola". Girabola.com. Retrieved 7 Nov 2018.
  12. ^ "Girabola: Petro - Progresso (ficha técnica)" (in Portuguese). ANGOP.com. 29 Jan 2019.
  13. ^ "Girabola2018/19: FC Bravos do Maquis - Santa Rita de Cássia (Ficha técnica)" (in Portuguese). ANGOP.com. 9 Mar 2019.

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