Angola national football team

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Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Palancas Negras
(Sable antelopes)
Association Federação Angolana de Futebol
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coach Beto Bianchi[1]
Captain Bastos
Most caps Flávio (91)
Top scorer Akwá (39)
Home stadium Estádio 11 de Novembro
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 141 Decrease 2 (23 November 2017)
Highest 45 (July 2000)
Lowest 147 (March 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 121 (15 November 2017)
Highest 50 (September–October 2006)
Lowest 106 (10 September 2014)
First international
 PR Congo 1–3 PR Angola Angola
(Brazzaville, People's Republic of the Congo; 8 February 1976)
Biggest win
Angola Angola 7–1 Swaziland 
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 6–0 PR Angola Angola
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2006)
Best result Group stage, 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 7 (first in 1996)
Best result Quarter-finals, 2008 and 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.


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.[2] 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.[3][4]

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

Competition records

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
West Germany 1974
Part of Portugal
Argentina 1978 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: 7
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 Gabon 2017 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify Mali 2002 Did not qualify Cameroon 2019 TBD
Ethiopia 1968 Did not enter Egypt 1986 Did not enter Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify Ivory Coast 2021 TBD
Sudan 1970 Did not enter Morocco 1988 Did not qualify Egypt 2006 Round 1 Guinea 2023 TBD
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

Recent results and fixtures


Current squad

The following players have been called up for the friendly matches against Mozambique on 25 March 2017, and South Africa on 28 March 2017.

Caps and goals updated as of 30 September 2016 after the game against Botswana.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Neblú (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 23) 4 0 Angola Interclube
1 1GK Gerson (1987-04-01) 1 April 1987 (age 30) 1 0 Angola Petró de Luanda

13 2DF Bastos (1991-11-23) 23 November 1991 (age 26) 37 2 Italy Lazio
14 2DF Natael (1993-09-23) 23 September 1993 (age 24) 18 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo
2 2DF Lunguinha (1986-01-16) 16 January 1986 (age 31) 16 0 Angola Progresso Sambizanga
6 2DF Jonathan (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 24) 13 0 Belgium Waasland-Beveren
7 2DF Eddie Afonso (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 23) 9 0 Angola Recreativo do Libolo
4 2DF Nary (1987-04-30) 30 April 1987 (age 30) 4 0 Angola Kabuscorp
17 2DF Nandinho (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 19) 4 0 Angola Kabuscorp
5 2DF Mira (1991-02-12) 12 February 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Angola Petró de Luanda

11 3MF Ary Papel (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 23) 33 5 Portugal Moreirense
15 3MF Paty (1990-06-03) 3 June 1990 (age 27) 13 0 Angola Interclube
20 3MF Buá (1988-09-06) 6 September 1988 (age 29) 10 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
10 3MF Manguxi (1991-11-27) 27 November 1991 (age 26) 9 0 Angola Petró de Luanda
18 3MF Herenilson (1996-08-27) 27 August 1996 (age 21) 4 0 Angola Petró de Luanda
16 3MF Wilson Nandinho (1985-09-17) 17 September 1985 (age 32) 3 0 Angola Interclube
30 3MF Dudú (1986-07-09) 9 July 1986 (age 31) 3 0 Angola Recreativo Caála

19 4FW Yano (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 25) 21 1 Angola Progresso Sambizanga
8 4FW Gelson (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 21) 17 8 Portugal Sporting CP
3 4FW Fredy (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 27) 16 1 Portugal Belenenses
21 4FW (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 19) 6 0 Angola Progresso Sambizanga

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for Angola in the last 12 months.

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


  • DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
  • INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to injury.
  • RET Player has retired from international football.
  • SUS Suspended from the national team.
  • PRE Preliminary Squad.

Previous squads

FIFA World Cup

Africa Cup of Nations


Kit suppliers

Between 2006 and 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. ^
  2. ^ Brodkin, Jon (12 June 2006). "Figo sparkles as Ronaldo's tricks lead to the bench". Guardian. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Mexico 0–0 Angola". BBC. 16 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Iran 1–1 Angola". BBC. 21 June 2006. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Roberto Mamrud. "Angola – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 September 2016. 

External links

  • Federação Angolana de Futebol
  • Angola match records
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