Angola national football team

The Angola national football team (Portuguese: Seleção nacional de futebol de Angola) represents Angola in men's international football and it is controlled by the Angolan Football Federation, The team made its first appearance in 2006 FIFA World Cup, the team's nickname is Palancas Negras, The team is governing body of Football in Angola in the country, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Angola
Nickname(s)Palancas Negras
(Giant sable antelopes)
AssociationAngolan Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachPedro Gonçalves
CaptainDjalma Campos
Most capsFlávio (91)
Top scorerAkwá (39)
Home stadiumEstádio 11 de Novembro
FIFA codeANG
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 124 Steady (11 June 2020)[1]
Highest45 (July 2000)
Lowest147 (March 2017)
First international
 Congo 3–2 Angola
(Brazzaville, Congo; 8 February 1976)
Biggest win
Angola 7–1 Swaziland 
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 6–0 Angola
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
World Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2006)
Best resultGroup stage, 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances8 (first in 1996)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2008 and 2010

Angola reached its highest FIFA ranking, 45th place, in July 2000. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage.

HistoryEdit

Angola played their first game against Congo on 8 February 1976, losing 3–2. On 26 June 1977, Cuba became Angola's first non-African opponent when the two countries met in Angola, with Angola winning 1-0.[3] Angola entered World Cup qualifying for the first time in the 1986 qualifying competition. Angola defeated Senegal on penalties in the first round before narrowly losing to Algeria 3-2 on aggregate in the second round.

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 Ivory Coast.

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 CupEdit

Angola qualified for the 2006 World Cup after only losing one game in the qualifiers 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 the Portuguese side, who won the match 1–0, the only goal coming from Pauleta.[4] 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.[5][6]

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

2010 World Cup failureEdit

After the 2006 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 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 NationsEdit

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.

AchievementsEdit

 
Angola lining-up before a friendly match in 2014
1999, 2001, 2004
1987
2011

Competition recordsEdit

World Cup recordEdit

As of 2018, Angola has qualified once for a FIFA World Cup. Its first participation in the World Cup qualifiers was in 1986, where they won in the first round, beating Senegal 4−3 on penalty kicks. They later lost in the second round of the 1986 World Cup qualifiers to Algeria. Algeria went to the third round and qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

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

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Part of   Portugal Part of   Portugal
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978 Did not enter Declined participation
  1982
  1986 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 3 4
  1990 8 2 3 3 8 8
  1994 5 1 2 2 3 4
  1998 8 4 4 0 12 5
    2002 10 5 4 1 19 10
  2006 Group stage 23rd 3 0 2 1 1 2 12 7 3 2 15 9
  2010 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 11 8
  2014 6 1 4 1 7 5
  2018 2 0 0 2 1 4
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 1/21 3 0 2 1 1 2 61 24 22 15 79 57

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Titles: 0
Appearances: 8
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Part of   Portugal
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1972
  1974
  1976 Not affiliated to CAF
  1978
  1980
  1982 Did not qualify
  1984
  1986 Did not enter
  1988 Did not qualify
  1990
  1992
  1994
  1996 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 4 6
  1998 Group stage 13th 3 0 2 1 5 8
    2000 Did not qualify
  2002
  2004
  2006 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 4 5
  2008 Quarter-finals 6th 4 1 2 1 5 4
  2010 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 6 5
    2012 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 4 5
  2013 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 1 4
  2015 Did not qualify
  2017
  2019 Group stage 18th 3 0 2 1 1 2
  2021 To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total Quarter-finals 8/32 26 4 12 10 30 39

African Nations Championship recordEdit

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  2009 Did not qualify
  2011 Runners-up 2nd 6 1 4 1 4 6
  2014 Did not qualify
  2016 Group stage 11th 3 1 0 2 4 6
  2018 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 2 2
  2020 Did not qualify
  2022 To be determined
Total Runners-up 3/6 13 3 6 4 10 14

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Recent schedule and resultsEdit

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

2019Edit

24 June 2019 2019 AFCON GSTunisia  1–1  AngolaSuez, Egypt
19:00 (CAT)
Report
Stadium: Suez Stadium
Attendance: 7,345
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
29 June 2019 2019 AFCON GSMauritania  0–0  AngolaSuez, Egypt
16:30 (CAT) Report Stadium: Suez Stadium
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
2 July 2019 2019 AFCON GSAngola  0–1  MaliIsmailia, Egypt
21:00 (CAT) Report Haidara   37' Stadium: Ismailia Stadium
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (Morocco)
6 September 2019 2022 FWCQGambia  0–1  AngolaBakau, Gambia
17:00 UTC±0 Report Gaspar   31' Stadium: Independence Stadium
Referee: Quadri Adebimpe (Nigeria)
10 September 2019 2022 FWCQAngola  2–1
(3–1 agg.)
  GambiaLuanda, Angola
16:00 UTC+1 Geraldo   41'
Abreu   68'
Report Ceesay   65' Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro
Referee: Jean-Marc Ganamandji (Central African Republic)
13 November 2019 (2019-11-13) 2021 AFCONQAngola  1–3  GambiaLuanda, Angola
20:00 UTC+1
Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro
17 November 2019 (2019-11-17) 2021 AFCONQGabon  2–1  AngolaFranceville, Gabon
20:00 UTC+1
Stadium: Stade de Franceville

2020Edit

31 March 2021 AFCONQAngola  Postponed  DR CongoLuanda, Angola
17:00 UTC+1 Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro
9 June 2021 AFCONQGambia  v  Angola
8 September 2021 AFCONQAngola  v  Gabon

Kit historyEdit

Kit manufacturerEdit

Kit providers Period
  Puma 2006–2012
  Adidas 2012–2018
  Puma 2018–2019
  Lacatoni 2019–present

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against Gambia and Gabon on 13 and 17 November 2019 respectively.[7]
Caps and goals as of 17 November 2019 after the game against Gabon.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Tony Cabaça (1986-04-23) 23 April 1986 (age 34) 9 0   1° de Agosto
1GK Nsesani Simão (2000-11-05) 5 November 2000 (age 19) 0 0   Academica Lobito
1GK Jota Bé (1980-04-06) 6 April 1980 (age 40) 0 0   Kabuscorp

2DF Bastos Quissanga (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 28) 51 2   Lazio
2DF Isaac Costa (1991-04-25) 25 April 1991 (age 29) 21 0   1° de Agosto
2DF Wilson Gaspar (1990-09-29) 29 September 1990 (age 29) 20 1   Petro de Luanda
2DF Paizo (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 28) 13 0   1° de Agosto
2DF Nandinho (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 22) 7 0   Progresso Sambizanga\
2DF Núrio Fortuna (1995-03-24) 24 March 1995 (age 25) 4 0   Charleroi
2DF Quinito (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Interclube
2DF Diógenes João (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 23) 6 0   Petro de Luanda

3MF Herenilson (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 23) 30 0   Petro de Luanda
3MF Fredy Kulembé (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 30) 28 2   Antalyaspor
3MF Show (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 21) 16 0   Belenenses
3MF Ito (1994-11-29) 29 November 1994 (age 25) 13 0   Interclube
3MF Macaia (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 26) 4 0   1° de Agosto
3MF Além (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 22) 2 0   Petro de Luanda

4FW Mateus Galiano (1984-06-19) 19 June 1984 (age 36) 67 12   Boavista
4FW Yano (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 28) 31 4   Progresso Sambizanga
4FW Gelson (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 24) 27 11   Antalyaspor
4FW Geraldo (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 28) 27 2   Al Ahly
4FW (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 22) 24 2   Leixões
4FW Mano Calesso (1989-08-04) 4 August 1989 (age 30) 7 0   Interclube
4FW Wilson Eduardo (1990-07-08) 8 July 1990 (age 30) 6 2   Al-Ain
4FW Fábio Abreu (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 27) 4 1   Moreirense

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Angola squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Landú Mavanga (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 30) 35 0   Interclube v.   Gambia, 10 September 2019
GK Ndulo (1996-06-01) 1 June 1996 (age 24) 1 0   Desportivo da Huíla v.   Gambia, 10 September 2019

DF Dani Massunguna (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 (age 34) 50 1   1° de Agosto v.   Gambia, 10 September 2019
DF Eddie Afonso (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 26) 13 0   Petro de Luanda v.   Gambia, 10 September 2019


FW Mabululu (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 30) 13 5   1° de Agosto v.   Gambia, 10 September 2019
FW Zito Luvumbo (2002-03-09) 9 March 2002 (age 18) 2 0   1° de Agosto v.   Gambia, 10 September 2019

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Previous squadsEdit

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

RecordsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 1 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Angola - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ Brodkin, Jon (12 June 2006). "Figo sparkles as Ronaldo's tricks lead to the bench". Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Mexico 0–0 Angola". BBC. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  6. ^ "Iran 1–1 Angola". BBC. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Apuramento CAN: Convocatória para os jogos com a Gâmbia e Gabão" (in Portuguese).
  8. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Angola – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2016.

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