Angola national football team
(The Sable Antelopes)
|Association||Federação Angolana de Futebol|
|Sub-confederation||COSAFA (Southern Africa)|
|Head coach||Romeu Filemon|
|Top scorer||Akwá (38)|
|Home stadium||Estádio 11 de Novembro|
|FIFA ranking||89 9|
|Highest FIFA ranking||45 (July 2000)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||124 (March 1994)|
|Highest Elo ranking||50 (September–October 2006)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||101 (October 1994, 18 July 2013)|
| PR Congo 3–2 PR Angola
(Brazzaville, People's Republic of the Congo; 8 February 1976)
| Angola 7–1 Swaziland
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
| Portugal 6–0 PR Angola
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
|Appearances||1 (First in 2006)|
|Best result||Round 1: 2006|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||6 (First in 1996)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals: 2008, 2010|
The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Sable Antelopes), is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Federação Angolana de Futebol. Angola reached 45th in the FIFA Rankings in July 2002. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage: they were eliminated after one defeat and two draws in the group stage.
- 1 History
- 2 Achievements
- 3 Angola all-time record against all nations
- 4 Schedule
- 5 Current squad
- 6 See also
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Angola played their first game against PR Congo on 8 February 1976, losing 3–2.
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 Côte d'Ivoire.
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
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 Portuguese side, who won the match 1–0, the only goal coming from Pauleta. 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.
2010 World Cup failure
After the 2006 FIFA 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 FIFA 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.
- COSAFA Cup: 3
- 1999, 2001, 2004
- Central African Games runners-up: 1
- African Nations Championship runners-up: 1
FIFA World Cup record
As of 2013, Angola has qualified once for a FIFA World Cup. Its first participation on the FIFA World Cup qualification was on 1986, where they won in the first round, beating Senegal 4—3 on penalty kicks. They later lost on the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)#Second round to Algeria. Algeria went to the third round and qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico.
Angola's first participation on the World Cup was on the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in Germany.
|FIFA World Cup record|
| 1930 to
|Did not enter|
| 1986 to
|Did not qualify|
|2010||Did not qualify|
Africa Cup of Nations record
|African Cup of Nations|
|1957||Did not enter||1976||Did not enter||1994||Did not qualify||2012||Round 1|
|1959||Did not enter||1978||Did not enter||1996||Round 1||2013||Round 1|
|1962||Did not enter||1980||Did not enter||1998||Round 1||2015|
|1963||Did not enter||1982||Did not qualify||2000||Did not qualify|
|1965||Did not enter||1984||Did not qualify||2002||Did not qualify|
|1968||Did not enter||1986||Did not enter||2004||Did not qualify|
|1970||Did not enter||1988||Did not qualify||2006||Round 1|
|1972||Did not enter||1990||Did not qualify||2008||Quarterfinals|
|1974||Did not enter||1992||Did not qualify||2010||Quarterfinals|
Angola all-time record against all nations
|São Tomé and Príncipe||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|United Arab Emirates||1||1||0||0||2||0||+2|
|Friendly 5 January 2013||Zambia||0–2||Angola||Nelspruit, South Africa|
|Report||Stadium: Mbombela Stadium
|Friendly 13 January 2013||Angola||2–0||Botswana||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Report||Stadium: Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium
|2013 AFCoN 19 January 2013||Angola||0–0||Morocco||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|21:00 UTC+2||Report||Stadium: Soccer City
Referee: Badara Diatta (Senegal)
|2013 AFCoN 23 January 2013||South Africa||2–0||Angola||Durban, South Africa|
|20:00 UTC+2||Sangweni 30'
|Report||Stadium: Moses Mabhida Stadium
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)
|2013 AFCoN 27 January 2013||Cape Verde||2–1||Angola||Port Elizabeth, South Africa|
|19:00 UTC+2||F. Varela 81'
|Report||Nando 33' (o.g.)||Stadium: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)
|2014 WC qual 22 March 2013||Senegal||1–1||Angola||Conakry, Guinea|
|17:00 UTC±0||Sow 40'||Report||Amaro 75'||Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre
Referee: Néant Alioum (Cameroon)
|2014 WC qual 8 June 2013||Angola||1–1||Senegal||Luanda, Angola|
|16:00 UTC+1||Guilherme 51'||Report||Cissé 23'||Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
|2014 WC qual 15 June 2013||Uganda||2–1||Angola||Kampala, Uganda|
|16:00 UTC+3||Okwi 83'
|Report||Job 57'||Stadium: Mandela National Stadium
Referee: Rédouane Jiyed (Morocco)
|2014 CHAN qual 23 June 2013||Swaziland||0–1||Angola||Lobamba, Swaziland|
|Report||Job 21'||Stadium: Somhlolo National Stadium
|2014 CHAN qual 29 June 2013||Angola||1–0||Swaziland||Luanda, Angola|
|Manuel 17'||Report||Stadium: Estádio 11 de Novembro
|2013 COSAFA Cup 14 July 2013||Angola||1–1
|Mabululu 25'||Report||Tale 41'||Stadium: Nkana Stadium
|2013 COSAFA Cup 16 July 2013||Malawi||2–3||Angola||Kitwe, Zambia|
Abdul 48' (o.g.)
|Report||Mabululu 11', 54'
|Stadium: Arthur Davies Stadium
|2013 COSAFA Cup 18 July 2013||Angola||0–1||Mozambique||Kitwe, Zambia|
|Report||Sonito 43'||Stadium: Nkana Stadium
|2014 CHAN qual 25 August 2013||Mozambique||0–0||Angola||Matola, Mozambique|
|Report||Stadium: Estádio da Machava
|2014 CHAN qual 31 August 2013||Angola||1–1||Mozambique||Benguela, Angola|
|Guedes 10'||Report||Diogo 30'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional de Ombaka
|2014 WC qual 7 September 2013||Angola||3–0
|16:00 UTC+1||Guedes 2'
|Report||Macauley 79'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional da Tundavala
Referee: Slim Jedidi (Tunisia)
|Friendly 5 March 2014||Mozambique||1–1||Angola||Maputo, Mozambique|
|17:00 UTC+1||Pelembe 65'||Report||Vado 21'||Stadium: Estádio Nacional do Zimpeto
Referee: Wellington Kaoma (Zambia)
The following players has been called for a friendly match against Mozambique on 5 March 2014.
Caps and goals updated as at 5 March 2014.
The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.
- 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 2012 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 2008 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 2006 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 1998 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- 1996 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
- FIFA awarded Angola a 3–0 win as a result of Liberia fielding the ineligible player Nathaniel Sherman. The match originally ended 4–1 to Angola.
- Brodkin, Jon (12 June 2006). "Figo sparkles as Ronaldo's tricks lead to the bench". Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Mexico 0–0 Angola". BBC. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Iran 1–1 Angola". BBC. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "Liberia sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". FIFA.com. 24 October 2013.