Angola national football team
|Association||Federação Angolana de Futebol|
|Sub-confederation||COSAFA (Southern Africa)|
|Head coach||Romeu Filemón|
|Top scorer||Akwá (38)|
|Home stadium||Estádio 11 de Novembro|
|Current||97 9 (1 October 2015)|
|Highest||45 (July 2000)|
|Lowest||124 (March 1994)|
|Current||101 (31 March 2015)|
|Highest||50 (September–October 2006)|
|Lowest||106 (10 September 2014)|
| 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||7 (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 Kit suppliers
- 7 See also
- 8 Notes
- 9 References
- 10 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||Did not qualify|
|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
|Central African Republic||1||1||0||0||4||0||+4|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||1||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|United Arab Emirates||1||1||0||0||2||0||+2|
|13 June 2015 2017 Africa Cup of
|Angola||4–0||Central African Republic||Estadio da Tundavala, Lubango|
|15:30 UTC+1||Gelson 35', 63'
Menga 57' (pen.)
Gilberto 90' (pen.)
|Report||Referee: Duncan Lengani (Malawi)
The following players were called for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against Central African Republic on 13 June 2015.
Caps and goals as of 3 August 2014 after the match against Ethiopia.
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
Between 2006 to 2012, Angola's kits were supplied by Puma. Adidas took over in 2012 and remain Angola's kit suppliers to this day.
- 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.
- Senegal had to play their last two home matches in the World Cup qualifiers against Angola and Uganda at a neutral venue, due to a one-year ban from playing at their home stadium imposed by the CAF following riots in their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Côte d'Ivoire.
- 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.
- "Senegal to play Angola in Guinea". ESPNFC.com. 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.
- "Uganda: Cranes to Play Senegal in Morocco". allAfrica.com. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.