Angola national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Palancas Negras
(Sable Antelopes)
Association Federação Angolana de Futebol
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Romeu Filemón
Captain Gilberto
Top scorer Akwá (38)
Home stadium Estádio 11 de Novembro
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 98 Decrease 1 (5 November 2015)
Highest 45 (July 2000)
Lowest 124 (March 1994)
First international
 PR Congo 3–2 PR Angola 
(Brazzaville, People's Republic of the Congo; 8 February 1976)
World Cup
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.


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

Angola qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup after only losing one game in the qualifying ahead of favourites Nigeria.

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.[1] 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.[2][3]

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Fans of the Angolan national football team in Cologne, Germany.

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.


1999, 2001, 2004

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
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Spain 1982
Did not enter
Mexico 1986 to
South Korea Japan 2002
Did not qualify
Germany 2006 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 2 1 1 2
South Africa 2010 to
Russia 2018
Did not qualify
Total Group Stage 1/21 3 0 2 1 1 2

Africa Cup of Nations record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 0
Appearances: 6
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Did not enter Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify Equatorial GuineaGabon 2012 Round 1
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Did not enter South Africa 1996 Round 1 South Africa 2013 Round 1
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Did not enter Burkina Faso 1998 Round 1 Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Did not qualify GhanaNigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify Mali 2002 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1968 Did not enter Egypt 1986 Did not enter Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970 Did not enter Morocco 1988 Did not qualify Egypt 2006 Round 1
Cameroon 1972 Did not enter Algeria 1990 Did not qualify Ghana 2008 Quarterfinals
Egypt 1974 Did not enter Senegal 1992 Did not qualify Angola 2010 Quarterfinals

Angola all-time record against all nations


2015 Record

Current squad

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.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Mário (1985-06-01) 1 June 1985 (age 33) 5 0 Angola Kabuscorp
12 1GK Landú (1990-01-04) 4 January 1990 (age 29) 10 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo

2 2DF Clinton Mata (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Belgium Charleroi
3 2DF Jonathan Buatu Mananga (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 25) 3 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren
4 2DF Fabrício Mafuta (1988-09-20) 20 September 1988 (age 30) 1 0 Angola Interclube
5 2DF Genséric Kusunga (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 31) 0 0 England Oldham Athletic
13 2DF Bastos (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 27) 19 1 Russia Rostov
14 2DF Amaro (1986-11-12) 12 November 1986 (age 32) 6 0 Angola Benfica de Luanda

6 3MF Manucho Diniz (1986-06-04) 4 June 1986 (age 32) 0 0 Angola 1º de Agosto
7 3MF Job (1987-09-27) 27 September 1987 (age 31) 32 3 Angola Petro de Luanda
11 3MF Gilberto (1982-09-21) 21 September 1982 (age 36) 72 7 Angola Benfica de Luanda
15 3MF Dário (1982-06-25) 25 June 1982 (age 36) 0 0 Angola Rec do Libolo
16 3MF Paty (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Angola Interclube
17 3MF Ary Papel (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 25) 9 0 Angola 1º de Agosto
18 3MF Mingo Bile (1987-06-15) 15 June 1987 (age 31) 0 0 Angola 1º de Agosto

8 4FW Gelson (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 22) 2 4 Angola 1º de Agosto
9 4FW Yano (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 26) 0 0 Angola Progresso Sambizanga
10 4FW Dolly Menga (1993-05-02) 2 May 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Portugal Tondela

Recent callups

The following players have been called up in the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up


Previous squads

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations

Kit suppliers

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.

See also


  1. 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.[4]
  2. 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.[5][6]


  1. Brodkin, Jon (12 June 2006). "Figo sparkles as Ronaldo's tricks lead to the bench". Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Mexico 0–0 Angola". BBC. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Iran 1–1 Angola". BBC. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Liberia sanctioned for fielding ineligible player". 24 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Senegal to play Angola in Guinea". 30 January 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Uganda: Cranes to Play Senegal in Morocco". 29 June 2013. Retrieved 29 June 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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