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Angola Team Profile -2010 African Cup of Nations

December 26, 2009

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Brief

FIFA Ranking: 95 (20 in Africa)
Nickname: Palancas Negras (Black Antelopes)
Kit Colors: Home-Red Shirt, Black Shorts, and Red Hose; Away -All yellow
Manager: Manuel Jose (Portugal)
Captain: Manucho
World Cup Records: 2006 Group Stage
African Cup Nations Records: 1996, 1998, 2006 Group Stage; 2008 Quarterfinals

Angola is a country in south-central Africa, nestled in between neighbors, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, and Zambia. The country has a population of about 18.5 million people and land area of 481,354 sq mi.

Unlike football the country has won a number of laurels in basketball both on the international and the continental scenes. However Angola surprised the bookies of the game when the qualified for the 2006 edition of the World Cup in Germany. Although they did not make it past the first round they put in some pretty impressive and breathtaking performances at the competition. They lost 2-1 to Portugal in the opening game; drew 0-0 with both Mexico and 1 all with Iran in the final match.

The road to CAN 2010

Angola qualified by virtue of being the host nation of next year’s competition. The country put in an impressive bid to beat the other candidates-Gabon, Libya, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea.

CAN 2010 Preview

Angola kicks off the competition in a game against West African giants Mali. The last time the two met, Angola was at the receiving end of a 4-0 thrashing. They have met 3 times in total, each wining one apiece. For now the odds slightly against Angola. However the Palancas Negras will seek to use home advantage in their favor.

Angola then takes on Algeria in their second game on 18th January. On the competitive level, Angola has met Algeria 8 times with the latter winning 2 and the former wining 1. Algeria is one of the six representatives of Africa in next year’s World Cup to be staged in South Africa. They beat Egypt in a playoff to book their ticket. The inform Algeria team-second best mover on the FIFA rankings for this year- are heavily tipped to cause the opposition a lot of headaches. The host name will have to put in extra to beat The Desert Foxes.

In their final game, Angola will clash with Malawi. Five matches have been played between the two sides with both winning two each. Malawi should pose little threat to the Host.

Squad

Goalkeepers (3):
Lama (Petro Atletico, Angola), Mario (InterClube, Angola), Nuno (AS Aviacao, Angola)

Defenders(8):
Marco Airosa (Fatima, Portugal), Delgado (Metz, France), Jamba (AS Aviacao, Angola), Kali (FC Sion, Switzerland), Loco (Primeiro Agosto, Angola), Machado (Anadia, Portugal), Rui Marques (Leeds United, England), Yamba Asha (Petro Atletico, Angola)

Midfielders(8):
Andre (Kuwait SC, Kuwait), Dede ( Pacos Ferreira, Portugal), Edson (Pacos Ferreira, Portugal), Figueiredo (Osters, Sweden), Gilberto (Al Ahli, Egypt), Maurito (Kuwait SC, Kuwait), Mendonca (Estrela Amadora), Ze Kalanga (Boavista)

Strikers(4):
Flavio (Al Ahli, Egypt), Love (Primeiro Agosto, Angola), Manucho (Real Valladolid, Spain), Mateus (Boavista, Portugal).

Manucho

Coach

After sacking Mabi de Almeida in May this year, The Angola Footbal Federation appointed Manuel José de Jesus to lead the team to African Cup of Nations. The 63-year old manager is highly rated on the African continent. Before coming to Africa he coached a host of clubs in Portugal. Among them are Sporting Clube de Portugal, Sporting Clube de Braga, Boativa F.C. and SL Benefica.

Manuel José de Jesus

Manuel José de Jesus

He joined Egyptian club, Al-Ahaly, in 2001 for one year and moved to Belenenses the following year. He rejoined Al-Ahaly in 2003 and guided the team to a record breaking unbeaten run of 71 matches. He spent six years at the club during which the team picked up the African Champions League trophy for four times.

Manuel Jose is coming into this competition with a lot of experience of the African game. Again his time at Portugal should be an added advantage, since most of the players of the team play in Portugal.

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