Jovane Cabral

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Jovane Cabral
Personal information
Full name Jovane Eduardo Borges Cabral[1]
Date of birth (1998-06-14) 14 June 1998 (age 20)
Place of birth Assomada, Cape Verde
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Sporting CP
Number 77
Youth career
2014 Grémio Nhagar
2014–2017 Sporting CP
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016–2018 Sporting B 34 (2)
2018– Sporting CP 12 (2)
National team
2017– Cape Verde 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 January 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017

Jovane Eduardo Borges Cabral (born 14 June 1998) is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Sporting CP as a winger.

Club career[edit]

Born in Assomada, Sotavento Islands, Cabral joined Sporting CP's youth academy at the age of 16 from Grémio Nhagar.[2][3] On 20 August 2016 he made his senior debut with the reserve side, coming on as a 61st-minute substitute in a 2–4 home loss against AD Fafe for the LigaPro.[4] His first goal in the competition came on 19 March 2017, netting through a free kick in a 2–1 away victory over Leixões SC;[5] still in that year, he helped the juniors win the national championship.[6]

Cabral was called by first-team manager Jorge Jesus for the 2017 pre-season, but eventually returned to the B-team.[7] He made his competitive debut for the former on 12 October, replacing Mattheus Oliveira for the final 12 minutes of the 4–2 triumph at ARC Oleiros for the third round of the Taça de Portugal.[8][9]

Cabral scored his first official goal for Sporting on 1 September 2018, his 88th-minute strike earning the hosts a 1–0 Primeira Liga home win against C.D. Feirense.[10] On 3 December, in what was new manager Marcel Keizer's first match in charge, he netted through a 20-meter curl to close the score in a 3–1 defeat of Rio Ave F.C. at the Estádio dos Arcos.[11]

International career[edit]

Cabral won his first cap for Cape Verde on 28 March 2017, in a 2–0 friendly win over Luxembourg.[12] However, in October 2018 he announced he was applying for Portuguese nationality and that he intended to represent its national team.[13]

Career statistics[edit]


As of 13 December 2018[14]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2017–18 Sporting Primeira Liga 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2018–19 Sporting Primeira Liga 9 2 2 0 1 0 5 2 17 4
Total Portugal 9 2 3 0 1 0 5 2 18 4


  1. ^ "Jovane Cabral" (in Portuguese). Sporting CP. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  2. ^ Almeida, Isaura (1 September 2018). "Jovane Cabral, a nova pérola cabo-verdiana que encanta o Sporting" [Jovane Cabral, the new Cape Verdean gem who delights Sporting]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Tribuna Vip – Grémio Desportivo Nhagar está à espera, de resposta do Sporting de Portugal sobre os direitos de formação do atleta Jovane Cabral" [Vip Room – Grémio Desportivo Nhagar awaits, on Sporting de Portugal reply regarding formative rights of athlete Jovane Cabral] (in Portuguese). RTC. 11 December 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Sporting B-Fafe, 2–4: Eficáciavisitante [sic] surpreende leões" [Sporting B-Fafe, 2–4: Visiting efficiency surprises lions]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 August 2016. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Leixões-Sporting B, 1–2: Livre direto de Jovane dá quinta vitória seguida aos leões" [Leixões-Sporting B, 1–2: Jovane direct free kick gives fifth straight win to lions]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 March 2017. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  6. ^ Almeida, Isaura (23 August 2018). "A geração de 99 que encanta José Peseiro e o Sporting" [The class of 99 who thrills José Peseiro and Sporting]. Diário de Notícias. Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  7. ^ Carvalho, Alexandre; Fernandes, Bruno (14 July 2017). "Jovane Cabral regressa a Lisboa e integra equipa B" [Jovane Cabral returns to Lisbon and makes B-team]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Oleiros-Sporting, 2–4" (in Portuguese). Sábado. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  9. ^ Lima, Fábio (12 October 2017). "Jovane Cabral: "Um sonho que está a ser concretizado"" [Jovane Cabral: «A dream that is coming true»]. Record (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 December 2018.
  10. ^ "Jovane leva Sporting ao topo com golo ao cair do pano" [Jovane takes Sporting to the top with goal in the dying breath] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Estreia de Keizer na Liga: vitória e golaço de Jovane Cabral" [Keizer League debut: win and Jovane Cabral wonder goal] (in Portuguese). TSF. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Selecção Nacional de Futebol venceu ontem o Luxemburgo por 2–0 no jogo amigável disputado em Luxemburgo" [National football team defeated Luxembourg yesterday by 2–0 in the friendly held in Luxembourg] (in Portuguese). RTC. 29 March 2017. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  13. ^ Gleeson, Mark (9 October 2018). "Cape Verde coach Rui Aguas understands Jovan Cabral's snub". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Jovane Cabral". Soccerway. Retrieved 27 December 2018.

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