Angola national football team

The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Giant sable antelopes), represents Angola in international football and is controlled by the Angolan Football Federation, the governing body of association football in the country.

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 4 (28 November 2019)[1]
Highest45 (July 2000)
Lowest147 (March 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 120 8 (25 November 2019)[2]
Highest50 (September–October 2006)
Lowest160 (3 September 2016)
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.

History

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 Cup

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]

2010 World Cup failure

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 Nations

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

1999, 2001, 2004
1987
2011

Competition records

World Cup record

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 record

Africa Cup of Nations record
Titles: 0
Appearances: 8
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
1957Part of  Portugal
1959
1962
1963
1965
1968
1970
1972
1974
1976Not affiliated to CAF
1978
1980
1982Did not qualify
1984
1986Did not enter
1988Did not qualify
1990
1992
1994
1996Group stage13th301246
1998Group stage13th302158
2000Did not qualify
2002
2004
2006Group stage9th311145
2008Quarter-finals6th412154
2010Quarter-finals5th412165
2012Group stage11th311145
2013Group stage14th301214
2015Did not qualify
2017
2019Group stage18th302112
2021To be determined
2023
2025
Total Quarter-finals 8/32 26 4 12 10 30 39

African Nations Championship record

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 3
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2009Did not qualify
2011Runners-up2nd614146
2014Did not qualify
2016Group stage11th310246
2018Quarter-finals8th412122
2020Did not qualify
2022To be determined
TotalRunners-up3/6133641014

COSAFA Cup

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0000000
1998 0000000
1999 0000000
2000 0000000
2001 0000000
2002 0000000
2003 0000000
2004 0000000
2005 0000000
2006 0000000
2007 0000000
2008 0000000
2009 0000000
2013 0000000
2015 0000000
2016 0000000
2017 0000000
2018 0000000
2019 0000000
Total 0/19 ------

Recent fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018

2019

Kit history

Kit manufacturer

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

Players

Current squad

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 9 0 1° de Agosto
1GK Nsesani Simão (2000-11-05) 5 November 2000 0 0 Academica Lobito
1GK Jota Bé (1980-04-06) 6 April 1980 0 0 Kabuscorp

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

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

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

Recent call-ups

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

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

DF Dani Massunguna (1986-05-01) 1 May 1986 50 1 1° de Agosto v.  Gambia, 10 September 2019
DF Eddie Afonso (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 13 0 Petro de Luanda v.  Gambia, 10 September 2019
DF Jonathan Buatu (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 13 0 Mouscron 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Bruno Gaspar (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 3 0 Olympiacos 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Clinton Mata (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 8 0 Club Brugge 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Jonás Ramalho (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 0 0 Girona 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Mira (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 15 0 Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 22 March 2019
DF Tó Carneiro (1995-11-05) 5 November 1995 7 0 Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 22 March 2019

MF Stélvio (1989-01-24) 24 January 1989 11 0 Virton 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

FW Mabululu (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 13 5 1° de Agosto v.  Gambia, 10 September 2019
FW Zito Luvumbo (2002-03-09) 9 March 2002 2 0 1° de Agosto v.  Gambia, 10 September 2019
FW Djalma Campos (1987-05-30) 30 May 1987 50 8 Alanyaspor 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Evandro Brandão (1991-05-04) 4 May 1991 2 1 Maccabi Petah Tikva 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Chico (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 3 0 Bravos do Maquis 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Jérémie Bela (1993-04-08) 8 April 1993 0 0 Albacete 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Nelson da Luz (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 9 0 1° de Agosto v.  Botswana, 22 March 2019
FW Igor Vetokele (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 7 0 Westerlo v.  Botswana, 22 March 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 squads

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

Records

See also

References

  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  2. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  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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