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Nickname(s) Palancas Negras
(The Black Antelopes)
Association Federação Angolana
de Futebol
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Zeca Amaral
Captain Kali
Most caps Akwá (80)
Top scorer Akwá (36)
Home stadium Estádio 11 de Novembro
FIFA ranking 88
Highest FIFA ranking 45 (July 2000)
Lowest FIFA ranking 124 (March 1994)
Elo ranking 84
Highest Elo ranking 50 (Sept-Oct 2006)
Lowest Elo ranking 101 (October 1994)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Angola Angola 1 - 0 Cuba Cuba
(Angola; 1 June 1977)
Biggest win
Angola Angola 7 - 1 Swaziland Swaziland
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
Portugal Portugal 6 - 0 Angola Angola
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2006)
Best result Round 1, 2006
Africa Nations Cup
Appearances 5 (First in 1996)
Best result Quarterfinals, 2008 and 2010

The Angola national football team, nicknamed Palancas Negras (Black Antelopes), is the national team of Angola and is controlled by the Federação Angolana de Futebol. Angola are currently 95th in the FIFA Rankings, but reached 45th 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.



1999, 2001, 2004


Angola played their first game against Cuba national football team in 1977, winning 1-0.

Angola qualified for their first African Cup of Nations in 1996 African Nations Cup. They were drawn in Group A with South Africa, Egypt and Cameroon. They lost their first two games between Egypt and South Africa, but managed a 3-3 draw against Cameroon. They finished bottom of the group and did not make it through to the second round. Angola then qualified for their second successive African cup of nations in 1998 African Nations Cup, but again failed to reach the second round, drawing 0-0 with South Africa, 3-3 with Namibia and loosing 5-2 to Côte d'Ivoire.

After missing the last 3 tournaments they qualified for the 2006 African Nations Cup. They recorded their fist 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, he finished with 4 goals in total.

Angola have also won the COSAFA Cup in 1999, 2001 and 2004.

Angola hosted the 2010 African Nations Cup and were placed in Group A with Mali, Algeria and Malawi. In their first game they drew 4-4 with Mali, after letting a 4 goal lead slip in the last 11 minutes, Angolan goal coming from Flávio, Gilberto and Manucho.

But, the teams greatest achievement was qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

2006 FIFA World Cup

Angola qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup after only losing one game in the qualifying. Angola player Akwá got the only goal against Rwanda that qualified them for the World Cup. This was a shock to Nigeria, who were favourites to win the group.

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 6 warm-up games against South Korea, Mauritius, Lesotho, Argentina, Turkey and USA.

Angola played their first ever World Cup finals game against a theoretically much stronger Portuguese side. Angola played very well in the match, equalling Portugal in every department. In the end Portugal 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 played their second World Cup game in Hanover against Mexico. Angola managed to draw 0-0 with Mexico, with a very memorable performance from veteran Goalkeeper João Ricardo. With this result, Angola still had a mathematical chance of qualifying for the second round, but they would have to beat Iran in their final group game.

The team played their final group game in Leipzig again the Iran. Angola got their first World Cup goal on the hour from Flávio, but it was not enough as Iran scored in the 75th minute courtesy of Sohrab Bakhtiarizadeh. Angola bowed out of the tournament only loosing one game.

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 and best 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 bypassed the first round of qualification and in the second round they were drawn in Group 3 along with Benin, Uganda and Niger. After this draw Angola kicked off in fine form beating Benin 3-0, then Niger 2-1, but then the team lost 3-1 to Uganda, after this the team did not really recover drawing at home against Uganda 0-0 then losing 3-2 to Benin, the team then won their last game 3-1 against Niger but it was not enough 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 Jose, the Palancas Negras began with a high-scoring show. In the first match, Angola led Mali 4-0 until the last 15 minutes, when Mali scored 4 goals to result in a draw. Angola were more careful in the second match, dominating Malawi 2-0.

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Uruguay 1930 to Spain 1982 Did not enter - - - - - - -
Mexico 1986 to South KoreaJapan 2002 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Germany 2006 Round 1 24 3 0 2 1 1 2
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify - - - - - - -
Total 1/19 3 0 2 1 1 2

African Nations Cup record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 0
Appearances: 5
Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Did not enter Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Did not enter South Africa 1996 Round 1
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Did not enter Burkina Faso 1998 Round 1
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Did not qualify GhanaNigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter Côte d'Ivoire 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

Latest Games

Date Tournament Location Opponent Result Scorers
3 March, 2010 Friendly Angola Luanda Latvia Latvia 1:1 Ricardo Job Estêvão

Current squad

The following players were called in for the 2010 African Cup of Nations.

Caps and goals as of 15 January 2010

No. Pos. Player DoB (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Lamá 1 February 1981 (1981-02-01) (age 29) 33 0 Angola Petro Atlético
13 GK Carlos Fernandes 18 December 1979 (1979-12-18) (age 30) 6 0 Portugal Rio Ave
22 GK Wilson Alegre 22 July 1984 (1984-07-22) (age 25) 1 0 Angola Caála
2 DF Manuel Jamuana 23 November 1984 (1984-11-23) (age 25) 11 0 Angola Petro Atlético
3 DF Enoque Guilherme 16 August 1987 (1987-08-16) (age 22) 6 0 Angola Santos
4 DF Dias Caires 18 April 1978 (1978-04-18) (age 31) 13 0 Angola Petro Atlético
5 DF Kali Captain sports.svg 11 October 1978 (1978-10-11) (age 31) 51 0 Earth Free agent
10 DF Francisco Zuela 3 August 1983 (1983-08-03) (age 26) 5 0 Earth Free agent
15 DF Rui Marques 3 September 1977 (1977-09-03) (age 32) 17 0 England Leeds United
6 MF David Magalhães 24 February 1988 (1988-02-24) (age 22) 4 0 Angola Petro Atlético
7 MF Ricardo Job 27 September 1987 (1987-09-27) (age 22) 16 1 Angola Petro Atlético
8 MF Xara 10 October 1981 (1981-10-10) (age 28) 18 0 Angola Petro Atlético
11 MF Gilberto 21 September 1982 (1982-09-21) (age 27) 47 6 Egypt Al-Ahly
17 MF Zé Kalanga 12 August 1983 (1983-08-12) (age 26) 42 5 Earth Free agent
19 MF Dédé Alves 4 July 1981 (1981-07-04) (age 28) 14 0 Romania Timişoara
20 MF Stélvio 24 January 1989 (1989-01-24) (age 21) 7 0 Earth Free agent
21 MF Mabiná 6 October 1987 (1987-10-06) (age 22) 11 0 Angola Petro Atlético
9 FW Mantorras 18 March 1982 (1982-03-18) (age 27) 29 4 Portugal Benfica
12 FW Johnson Macaba 23 November 1978 (1978-11-23) (age 31) 10 0 Angola C.R.D. Libolo
14 FW Djalma Campos 30 May 1987 (1987-05-30) (age 22) 10 1 Portugal Marítimo
16 FW Flávio Amado 30 December 1979 (1979-12-30) (age 30) 59 24 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
18 FW Love Cabungula 14 March 1979 (1979-03-14) (age 30) 48 7 Angola 1º de Agosto
23 FW Manucho 7 March 1983 (1983-03-07) (age 27) 22 10 Spain Real Valladolid

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Simple English

Association Federação Angolana de Futebol
Confederation CAF
Coach Mabi de Almeida
Most caps Akwá (80)
Top scorer Akwá (36)
World Cup
Appearances 1
First Apps 2006
Best result Round 1 (2006)

The Angola national football team is the national football team of Angola.

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