2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Angola
Federação Angolana de Futebol is the governing body of football in Angola. It was founded in 1979 and became affiliated with FIFA and the Confederation of African Football in 1980. The country has the 16-team Girabola or Angolan Championship league, the 18-team Second Division pr Gora Angola and the Provincial Stage leagues.
World Cup History
The Palancas Nagras (Sable Antelopes) qualified for their first and only World Cup finals in 2006, where they posted a 0-1-2 record and were knocked out in the group stage.
Angola has never competed in an Olympic games.
African Competition History
Were quarter-finalists in 2008 and 2010 Africa Cups and have appeared in four other cups.
Players of Yesteryear
- Akwá, forward, scored winning goal that sent Angola to first World Cup, had 80 caps and scored 36 goals from 1995-2006
Players of Today
- Djalma Campos, 25, midfielder for Kasimpasa in Turkey
- Manucho, 29, forward for Real Valladolid in Spain
- Zuela, 29, defender for Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus
- Mateus, 28, forward for C.D. Nacional in Portugal
- Gilberto, 30, midfielder for AEL Limassol in Cyprus
Players to Watch
- Dominique Kivivu, 25, midfielder for CFR Cluj in Romania
Players Currently in the U.S.
Teams to Know
- Primeiro Agosto, 4 players on cup roster
- IntercClube, 3 players on cup roster
- Petro Luanda or Petro Atletico, 2 players on cup roster
Five Useless Facts about Angola
- Portuguese is the official language
- The currency is called New Kwanza
- It’s almost twice the size of Texas
- Is among the world’s poorest countries and has a life expectancy of 40
- Basketball is more the country’s national sport
Group D: Ivory Coast, Algeria, Togo & Tunisia