Angola national football team

The Angola national football team (Portuguese: Seleção nacional de futebol de Angola) represents Angola in men's international football and 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
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Palancas Negras (Giant sable antelopes)
AssociationFederação Angolana de Futebol
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
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 129 Decrease 3 (16 September 2021)[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, 2010)
African Nations Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2011)
Best resultRunners-up (2011)
COSAFA Cup
Appearances16 (first in 1998)
Best resultChampions (1999, 2001, 2004)

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, Flávio Amado 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.

Kit historyEdit

Kit manufacturerEdit

Kit providers Period
  Olympic 1994–1998
  Adidas 1998–2002
  Devis Sport 2002–2006
  Puma 2006–2012
  Adidas 2012–2018
  Puma 2018–2019
  Lacatoni 2019–present

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

2020Edit

9 June 2021 AFCONQ Gambia   Postponed   Angola
8 September 2021 AFCONQ Angola   Postponed   Gabon
11 October Friendly Angola   Nulled   Guinea-Bissau Lisbon, Portugal
Report
13 October Friendly Angola   3–0   Mozambique Rio Maior, Portugal
Report Stadium: Estadio Comunal de Rio Maior
Note: NON FIFA friendly (result will not be applied to ranking points as per exceeding number of substitutions)
14 November 2021 AFCONQ DR Congo   0–0   Angola Kinshasa, DR Congo
20:00 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Stade des Martyrs
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 3 and 4 scheduled for March 2020 had been postponed to November 2020.[7]
17 November 2021 AFCONQ Angola   0–1   DR Congo Luanda, Angola
17:00 UTC+1 Report Kebano   64' Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 3 and 4 scheduled for March 2020 had been postponed to November 2020.[8]

2021Edit

25 March 2021 (2021-03-25) 2021 AFCONQ Gambia   1–0   Angola Bakau, Gambia
16:00 UTC±0
Report Stadium: Independence Stadium
Referee: Adissa Abdul Ligali (Benin)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 5 and 6 scheduled for June 2020 had been postponed to March 2021.[9]
29 March 2021 (2021-03-29) 2021 AFCONQ Angola   2–0   Gabon Luanda, Angola
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro
Referee: Gehad Grisha (Egypt)
Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all matches of matchdays 5 and 6 scheduled for June 2020 had been postponed to March 2021.[10]
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier Egypt   1-0   Angola Cairo, Egypt
21:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: 30 June Stadium
Referee: Boubou Traore (Mali)
2 September 2021 (2021-09-02) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier Angola   v   Libya Luanda, Angola
21:00 UTC+2 Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro
6 October 2021 (2021-10-06) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier Angola   v   Gabon TBD, Angola
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier Gabon   v   Angola TBD, Gabon
6 October 2021 (2021-10-06) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier Angola   v   Egypt TBD, Angola
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10) 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier Libya   v   Angola TBD, Libya

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers matches against Egypt and Libya on 2 and 7 September 2021, respectively.[11][12]
Caps and goals as of 7 September 2021 after the match against Libya.[13]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Hugo Marques (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 (age 35) 10 0   Cape Town City F.C.
22 1GK Neblú (1993-12-07) 7 December 1993 (age 27) 7 0   1° de Agosto
12 1GK Kadú (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 26) 1 0   Espinho

15 2DF Bastos (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 29) 54 2   Rostov
3 2DF Jonathan Buatu (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 27) 20 0   Sint Truiden
7 2DF Diógenes João (1997-01-01) 1 January 1997 (age 24) 11 0   Petro de Luanda
2 2DF Núrio Fortuna (1995-03-24) 24 March 1995 (age 26) 8 0   Gent
17 2DF (1995-11-05) 5 November 1995 (age 25) 6 0   Petro de Luanda
6 2DF Kialonda Gaspar (1997-09-23) 23 September 1997 (age 23) 2 0   Sagrada Esperança
4 2DF Inácio Miguel (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 25) 3 0   Mafra
5 2DF Vidinho (1998-02-25) 25 February 1998 (age 23) 0 0   Petro de Luanda

18 3MF Herenilson (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 25) 35 0   1° de Agosto
16 3MF Fredy (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 31) 32 2   Antalyaspor
10 3MF Nelson da Luz (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 23) 9 0   Vitoria
20 3MF Estrela (1995-09-22) 22 September 1995 (age 25) 5 0   Erzurumspor
21 3MF João Bachi (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Chaves
8 3MF Mário (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 24) 2 0   1° de Agosto
19 3MF Lépua (1999-12-23) 23 December 1999 (age 21) 2 0   Sagrada Esperança

11 4FW Ary Papel (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 27) 42 5   Ismaily
13 4FW (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 23) 31 2   Pafos
9 4FW Fábio Abreu (1993-01-29) 29 January 1993 (age 28) 8 1   Al-Batin
14 4FW Zito Luvumbo (2002-03-09) 9 March 2002 (age 19) 5 0   Como
4FW Felício Milson (1999-10-12) 12 October 1999 (age 21) 2 0   Maritimo B
4FW Benarfa (2001-01-25) 25 January 2001 (age 20) 1 0   1° de Agosto
4FW Zini (2002-07-03) 3 July 2002 (age 19) 1 0   1° de Agosto

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 Ricardo Batista (1986-11-19) 19 November 1986 (age 34) 0 0   Casa Pia v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
GK Antonio Dominique (1994-07-25) 25 July 1994 (age 27) 10 0   Petro de Luanda v.   Gabon, 29 March 2021
GK Beny (2000-02-20) 20 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0   Recreativo da Caála v.   Gabon, 29 March 2021

DF Clinton Mata (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 28) 8 0   Club Brugge v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
DF Anderson Lucoqui (1997-07-06) 6 July 1997 (age 24) 1 0   Mainz v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
DF Kevin Bukusu (2001-02-27) 27 February 2001 (age 20) 0 0   NEC Nijmegen v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
DF Paízo (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 29) 16 0   1º de Agosto v.   Gabon, 29 March 2021
DF (1991-09-20) 20 September 1991 (age 29) 4 0   Petro de Luanda v.   Gabon, 29 March 2021
DF Quinito (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 23) 2 0   Interclube v.   Gabon, 29 March 2021
DF Wilson Gaspar (1990-09-29) 29 September 1990 (age 30) 7 1   Petro de Luanda v.   DR Congo, 17 November 2020
DF Bruno Gaspar (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 (age 28) 5 0   Vancouver Whitecaps v.   DR Congo, 17 November 2020
DF Jonás Ramalho (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 28) 1 0   Osasuna v.   DR Congo, 17 November 2020
DF William Salomão (1997-04-25) 25 April 1997 (age 24) 0 0   Pedras Rubras v.   Mozambique, 13 October 2020

MF Show (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 22) 21 1   Ludogorets v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
MF Jérémie Bela (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 28) 1 0   Birmingham City v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
MF Loide Augusto (2000-02-26) 26 February 2000 (age 21) 2 0   Sporting CP B v.   Gabon, 29 March 2021
MF Edgar André (1999-06-28) 28 June 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Sion v.   DR Congo, 17 November 2020
MF Panzu Ernesto (1999-04-03) 3 April 1999 (age 22) 1 0   Hertha Berlin II v.   Mozambique, 13 October 2020

FW Gelson Dala (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 25) 30 12   Al-Wakrah v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
FW M'Bala Nzola (1996-08-18) 18 August 1996 (age 25) 2 0   Spezia v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
FW Giovani Bamba (1999-07-02) 2 July 1999 (age 22) 0 0   SLO v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
FW Hélder Costa (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 27) 0 0   Leeds United v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
FW Ivan Cavaleiro (1993-10-18) 18 October 1993 (age 27) 0 0   Fulham v.   Egypt, 1 September 2021 PRE
FW Geraldo (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 29) 28 2   Ankaragücü v.   Gabon, 29 March 2021
FW Anderson Cruz (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 25) 1 0   Rio Ave v.   Gabon, 29 March 2021
FW Melo (2001-08-25) 25 August 2001 (age 20) 1 0   1° de Agosto v.   Gabon, 29 March 2021
FW Mateus (1984-06-19) 19 June 1984 (age 37) 69 14   Penafiel v.   DR Congo, 17 November 2020
FW Mabululu (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 32) 15 5   1° de Agosto v.   DR Congo, 17 November 2020
FW Elliot Simões (1999-12-20) 20 December 1999 (age 21) 1 0   Doncaster Rovers v.   Mozambique, 13 October 2020
FW Capita (2002-01-10) 10 January 2002 (age 19) 0 0   Mouscron v.   Mozambique, 13 October 2020

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

As of 29 March 2021[14]
Players in bold are still active with Angola.

Managerial historyEdit

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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.

Year Final Tournament Qualification
Round Pld W D L F A Pos. Pld W D L F A
1930 to 1974 Part of Portugal Part of Portugal
1978 to 1982 Did not enter Declined participation
1986 Did not qualify Second round 4 1 1 2 3 4
1990 Second round – 3rd 8 2 3 3 8 8
1994 First round – 3rd 5 1 2 2 3 4
1998 Final round – 2nd 8 4 4 0 12 5
2002 Final round – 2nd 10 5 4 1 19 10
2006 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 2 Second round – 1st[A] 12 7 3 2 15 9
2010 Did not qualify Second round – 2nd[B] 6 3 1 2 11 8
2014 Second round – 3rd 6 1 4 1 7 5
2018 Second round 2 0 0 2 1 4
2022 To be determined Second round 2 2 0 0 3 1
2026 To be determined
Totals 1/21 3 0 2 1 1 2 63 26 22 15 82 58

Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 10 September 2019 after the match against Gambia.

Notes
  1. ^
    A: The African qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup doubled as qualifiers for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.
  2. ^
    B: The African qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup doubled as qualifiers for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Year Final Tournament Qualification
Round Pld W D L F A Pos. Pld W D L F A
1957 to 1974 Part of Portugal Part of Portugal
1976 to 1980 Not affiliated to CAF Not affiliated to CAF
1982 Did not qualify Preliminary round 2 0 2 0 1 1
1984 First round 4 2 1 1 7 4
1986 Did not enter Did not enter
1988 Did not qualify First round 4 2 0 2 2 4
1990 First round 4 1 1 2 5 7
1992 4th 6 0 3 3 3 6
1994 Did not enter Did not enter
1996 Group stage 3 0 1 2 4 6 1st 10 6 2 2 17 8
1998 Group stage 3 0 2 1 5 8 2nd 4 2 0 2 4 4
2000 Did not qualify 4th 8 2 2 4 10 12
2002 3rd 8 4 2 2 12 8
2004 2nd 4 1 2 1 7 4
2006 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 5 Second round – 1st[C] 12 7 3 2 15 9
2008 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 5 4 1st 6 4 1 1 16 5
2010 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 6 5 Second round – 2nd[D] 6 3 1 2 11 8
2012 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 5 1st 6 4 0 2 7 5
2013 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 4 Second round 2 1 0 1 3 3
2015 Did not qualify 3rd 6 1 3 2 5 5
2017 3rd 6 1 2 3 7 8
2019 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 2 1st 6 4 0 2 9 6
2021 Did not qualify 4th 6 1 1 4 4 7
2023 To be determined To be determined
2025
Totals 8/33 26 4 12 10 39 100 46 26 38 145 114

Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 29 March 2021 after the match against Gabon.

Notes
  1. ^
    C: The African qualifiers for the 2006 FIFA World Cup doubled as qualifiers for the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations.
  2. ^
    D: The African qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup doubled as qualifiers for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

COSAFA CupEdit

Year COSAFA Cup record
Rank Pld W D L F A
1997 Did not enter
1998 Third place 5 1 4 0 6 4
1999 Winners 5 4 0 1 6 2
2000 Semi-final 2 0 1 1 1 2
2001 Winners 4 2 2 0 3 1
2002 Quarter-final 1 0 0 1 1 2
2003 First round 1 0 0 1 0 1
2004 Winners 4 2 2 0 4 2
2005 Semi-final 1 0 0 1 1 2
2006 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 10 5
2007 Quarter-final 2 1 1 0 2 0
2008 See Angola national under-20 football team.
2009 Quarter-final 1 0 0 1 0 2
2013 Plate final 3 1 1 1 4 4
2015 Did not enter
2016 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 7
2017 Group stage 3 1 2 0 1 0
2018 Group stage 3 1 1 1 2 2
2019 Withdrew
2020 Cancelled
2021 To be determined
Totals 15/20 42 16 14 12 41 36

HonoursEdit

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 16 September 2021. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  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. ^ "Total AFCON 2021 qualifiers postponed". CAF. 13 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Total AFCON 2021 qualifiers postponed". CAF. 13 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Total AFCON 2021 qualifiers postponed". CAF. 13 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Total AFCON 2021 qualifiers postponed". CAF. 13 March 2020.
  11. ^ https://www.kingfut.com/2021/08/23/angola-squad-world-cup-qualifiers/
  12. ^ https://faf.co.ao/seleccao-aa-actualizacao-diaria-terca-feira-31-08-2021/
  13. ^ https://www.fifa.com/tournaments/mens/worldcup/qatar2022/qualifiers/caf/match-center/400198007
  14. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Angola – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2016.

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