S.L. Benfica (Luanda)
Sport Luanda e Benfica, commonly known as Benfica de Luanda, or simply as Benfica, is a football club from Luanda, Angola. The club was established as the Luanda affiliate of SL Benfica of Portugal, and shares the same colours. The logo is also very similar to the Portuguese one. The club, as of 2019, has never won the Girabola (the Angolan league first division).
|Full name||Sport Luanda e Benfica|
|Nickname(s)||Águias de Luanda (Luanda Eagles)|
|Founded||5 October 1922|
|Ground||Estádio dos Coqueiros|
The club is nicknamed Águias de Luanda, meaning "Luanda Eagles" (the eagle is the symbol of SL Benfica).
The club was founded as Sport Luanda e Benfica and later renamed to Saneamento Rangol. In 2000, the club returned to its original name, Sport Luanda e Benfica.
In 1995, as Saneamento Rangol, the club was promoted to the following year's first division. In 2003, Benfica de Luanda was relegated to the second division. In 2004, the club finished second in the second division, and was promoted to the first division. In 2005, the club finished 6th in the first division.
On January 23, 2017, Benfica de Luanda issued a press release stating that it would not participate in the Girabola, citing financial reasons, and that the club would focus on its youth academy and in turning the club into a sports company. With such decision, the club is liable to a heavy penalty by the Angolan Federation that might include a suspension from the girabola for an established period
- 1922 : Founded as Sport Luanda e Benfica
- 19?? : Renamed Saneamento Rangol
- 2000 : Renamed Sport Luanda e Benfica
League & Cup PositionsEdit
|Season||Level||Pos||Pld||W||D||L||For||Against||Points||Domestic Cup||Top goalscorer|
|2015||3||30||14||11||5||35||23||53||Pedro – 11|
|2007||CAF Confederation Cup||1st Round||San Pedro||2–0||5–1||7–1|
|Round of 16||Astres||4–0||1–1||4–11|
|Round of 32||Motema Pembe||4–1||0–0||4–1|
|2015||CAF Confederation Cup||Preliminary round||Le Messager||2–0||1–0||3–0|
|First round||Étoile du Sahel||1–1||0–1||1–2|
1 Benfica were ejected from the competition for fielding an ineligible player.
The club plays their home matches at the state-owned 12,000 capacity Estádio dos Coqueiros. However, work began in 2012 in the Luanda outskirts village of Cacuaco on the construction of their own stadium, with all the requirements for training and camp for their players. Sport Luanda e Benfica members believe that the club will become a role model in the near future.
Players and staffEdit
|2003||António Carlos||Henriques Fernandes|
|2009||Agostinho Tramagal||Jorge Plácido||Joaquim Muyumba|
|2010||Mabi de Almeida|
|2011||Amaro Ferreira||Luís Mariano|
|2012||Humberto Chaves||Abílio Amaral|
|2013||Abílio Amaral||Romeu Filemón|
- "Football: Benfica de Luanda suspend participation in Girabola". ANGOP.com. 25 Jan 2017. Retrieved 25 Jan 2017.
- "Football season ends with Benfica's League Cup conquest". ANGOP.com. 24 Nov 2014. Retrieved 26 Nov 2014.