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Angola
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Palancas Negras (Giant sable antelopes)
Association Federação Angolana de Futebol
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coach Pedro Gonçalves
Captain Djalma Campos
Most caps Flávio (91)
Top scorer Akwá (39)
Home stadium Estádio 11 de Novembro
FIFA code ANG
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 125 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 45 (July 2000)
Lowest 147 (March 2017)
Elo ranking
Current 129 Increase 24 (3 March 2019)
Highest 50 (September–October 2006)
Lowest 160 (3 September 2016)
First international
 Congo 3–2 Angola
(Brazzaville, Congo; 8 February 1976)
Biggest win
Angola 7–1 Swaziland 
(Luanda, Angola; 23 April 2000)
Biggest defeat
 Portugal 6–0 Angola
(Lisbon, Portugal; 23 March 1989)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (first in 2006)
Best result Group stage (2006)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 8 (first in 1996)
Best result Quarter-finals (2008, 2010)
African Nations Championship
Appearances 3 (first in 2011)
Best result Runners-up (2011)
COSAFA Cup
Appearances 16 (first in 1998)
Best result Champions (1999, 2001, 2004)
Medal record
CAF African Nations Championship
Silver 2011 Sudan Team
COSAFA Cup
Gold 1999 Southern Africa
Gold 2001 Southern Africa
Gold 2004 Southern Africa
Silver 2006 Southern Africa
Bronze 1998 Southern Africa
Website faf.co.ao

The Angola national football team (Portuguese: [Seleção nacional de futebol de Angola] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)) represents Angola in men's international football and is controlled by the Angolan Football Federation. The team made its first appearance in 2006 FIFA World Cup, the team's nickname is Palancas Negras, The team is governing body of Football in Angola in the country, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Angola reached its highest FIFA ranking, 45th place, in July 2000. Their greatest accomplishment was qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, as this was their first appearance on the World Cup finals stage.

History

Angola played their first game against Congo on 8 February 1976, losing 3–2. On 26 June 1977, Cuba became Angola's first non-African opponent when the two countries met in Angola, with Angola winning 1–0. Angola entered World Cup qualifying for the first time in the 1986 qualifying competition. Angola defeated Senegal on penalties in the first round before narrowly losing to Algeria 3–2 on aggregate in the second round.

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 Ivory Coast.

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 World Cup after only losing one game in the qualifiers 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, Flávio Amado 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 the Portuguese side, who 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 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.

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

2010 World Cup failure

After the 2006 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 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.

Kit history

Kit manufacturer

Kit providers Period
Belgium Olympic 1994–1998
Germany Adidas 1998–2002
Portugal Saillev 2002–2006
Germany Puma 2006–2012
Germany Adidas 2012–2018
Germany Puma 2018–2019
Portugal Lacatoni 2019–present

Recent schedule and results

The following is a list of match results from the previous 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

      Win       Draw       Loss       Postponed

2022

2023

Players

Current squad

The following players have been pre-selected for the friendlies against Botswana and South Africa in November 2022.

Caps and goals as of 20 November 2022, after the match against South Africa.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Hugo Marques (1986-01-15) 15 January 1986 (age 38) 18 0 Angola Petro de Luanda
1GK Neblú (1993-12-07) 7 December 1993 (age 30) 9 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
1GK Ladu Langanga (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 27) 0 0 Angola Sagrada Esperança

2DF Jonathan Buatu (1993-09-27) 27 September 1993 (age 30) 28 1 France Valenciennes
2DF Paizo (1992-05-10) 10 May 1992 (age 31) 18 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
2DF Tó Carneiro (1995-11-05) 5 November 1995 (age 28) 14 0 Angola Petro de Luanda
2DF Kialonda Gaspar (1997-09-23) 23 September 1997 (age 26) 13 0 Angola Sagrada Esperança
2DF Quinito (1998-03-13) 13 March 1998 (age 25) 7 0 Angola Interclube
2DF Antonio Hossi (2001-06-12) 12 June 2001 (age 22) 3 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
2DF Domingos Razão (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 26) 3 0 Angola Interclube
2DF Loide Augusto (2000-02-26) 26 February 2000 (age 23) 2 0 Portugal Mafra
2DF Danilson (1999-07-06) 6 July 1999 (age 24) 2 0 Angola Interclube
2DF Jo Paciencia (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 27) 2 1 Angola Sagrada Esperança
2DF Gigli Ndefe (1994-03-02) 2 March 1994 (age 29) 2 0 Czech Republic Baník Ostrava
2DF Victoriano (1994-01-01) 1 January 1994 (age 30) 2 0 Angola Sagrada Esperança

3MF Herenilson (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 27) 40 0 Angola 1° de Agosto
3MF Show (1999-03-06) 6 March 1999 (age 24) 27 1 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
3MF Nelson da Luz (1998-02-04) 4 February 1998 (age 26) 11 0 Portugal Vitoria Guimarães
3MF Megue (1996-12-02) 2 December 1996 (age 27) 5 2 Angola Petro de Luanda
3MF Kibeixa (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 (age 30) 4 0 Angola Wiliete
3MF Além (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 26) 1 0 Angola Petro de Luanda

4FW (1998-04-24) 24 April 1998 (age 25) 32 2 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
4FW Mabululu (1989-09-10) 10 September 1989 (age 34) 15 6 Egypt Al Ittihad Alexandria
4FW Zito Luvumbo (2002-03-09) 9 March 2002 (age 21) 7 0 Italy Cagliari
4FW Zini (2002-07-03) 3 July 2002 (age 21) 7 4 Angola 1° de Agosto
4FW Jaredi Lopes Texeira (1998-11-11) 11 November 1998 (age 25) 3 0 Angola Petro de Luanda
4FW Gilberto (2001-01-01) 1 January 2001 (age 23) 1 0 Angola Petro de Luanda
4FW Jermain Nischalke (2003-03-26) 26 March 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Germany 1. FC Nürnberg II

Recent call-ups

The following players have also been called up to the Angola squad within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.


Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Augusto Mualucano (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 26) 1 0 Angola Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
GK Edmilson Cambila (2002-05-16) 16 May 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Angola AFA v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
GK Kadú (1994-11-30) 30 November 1994 (age 29) 2 0 Portugal Alverca v.  Madagascar, 5 June 2022
GK Ricardo Batista (1986-11-19) 19 November 1986 (age 37) 0 0 Portugal Casa Pia v.  Madagascar, 5 June 2022

DF Eddie Afonso (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 29) 17 0 Angola Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
DF Bito (2000-04-06) 6 April 2000 (age 23) 3 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
DF Pedro Agostinho (2003-07-21) 21 July 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Angola Real Sambila v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
DF Vidinho (1998-02-25) 25 February 1998 (age 25) 0 0 Sudan Al-Hilal Omdurman v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
DF Núrio Fortuna (1995-03-24) 24 March 1995 (age 28) 10 0 Belgium Gent v.  Madagascar, 5 June 2022
DF Clinton Mata (1992-11-07) 7 November 1992 (age 31) 8 0 Belgium Club Brugge v.  Equatorial Guinea, 29 March 2022
DF Inácio Miguel (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 28) 5 0 Latvia Liepāja v.  Equatorial Guinea, 29 March 2022

MF Carlinhos (1995-03-19) 19 March 1995 (age 28) 12 0 Tanzania Young Africans v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
MF Mário Balbúrdia (1997-08-19) 19 August 1997 (age 26) 11 0 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
MF Lépua (1999-12-23) 23 December 1999 (age 24) 8 1 Angola Sagrada Esperança v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
MF Higino (1994-06-03) 3 June 1994 (age 29) 3 1 Angola Interclube v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
MF Vanilson (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 26) 3 1 Angola 1° de Agosto v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
MF Maya (2004-08-15) 15 August 2004 (age 19) 1 0 Angola Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
MF Arilson (1992-05-13) 13 May 1992 (age 31) 1 0 Angola Unknown v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
MF Edmilson Carlos 0 0 Angola Unknown v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
MF Karanga (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 32) 0 0 Angola Sagrada Esperança v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
MF Fredy (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 33) 36 2 Turkey Antalyaspor v.  Madagascar, 5 June 2022
MF Estrela (1995-09-22) 22 September 1995 (age 28) 10 0 Turkey Erzurumspor v.  Madagascar, 5 June 2022
MF João Batxi (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 (age 25) 2 0 Russia Krasnodar v.  Madagascar, 5 June 2022
MF César Sousa (2000-05-20) 20 May 2000 (age 23) 1 0 Free agent v.  Equatorial Guinea, 29 March 2022

FW Ary Papel (1994-03-03) 3 March 1994 (age 29) 48 8 Libya Al Akhdar v.  Botswana, 17 November 2022 PRE
FW Gelson Dala (1996-07-13) 13 July 1996 (age 27) 32 14 Qatar Al-Wakrah v.  Botswana, 17 November 2022 PRE
FW Hélder Costa (1994-01-12) 12 January 1994 (age 30) 5 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  Botswana, 17 November 2022 PRE
FW Yano (1992-07-08) 8 July 1992 (age 31) 24 2 Angola Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
FW Julinho (1999-05-17) 17 May 1999 (age 24) 3 1 Angola Interclube v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
FW Dilson (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 26) 2 0 Angola Unknown v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
FW Anderson Cruz (1996-04-09) 9 April 1996 (age 27) 1 0 Angola Petro de Luanda v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
FW Depú (2000-01-08) 8 January 2000 (age 24) 1 0 Angola Sagrada Esperança v.  Botswana, 10 July 2022
FW M'Bala Nzola (1996-08-18) 18 August 1996 (age 27) 5 2 Italy Spezia v.  Madagascar, 5 June 2022
FW Capita (2002-01-10) 10 January 2002 (age 22) 2 0 Portugal Estrela Amadora v.  Madagascar, 5 June 2022
FW Lucas João (1993-09-04) 4 September 1993 (age 30) 1 0 England Reading v.  Equatorial Guinea, 29 March 2022
FW Dereck Kutesa (1997-12-06) 6 December 1997 (age 26) 0 0 Switzerland Servette v.  Equatorial Guinea, 29 March 2022
FW Afimico Pululu (1999-03-23) 23 March 1999 (age 24) 0 0 Germany Greuther Fürth v.  Equatorial Guinea, 29 March 2022

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

Previous squads

FIFA World Cup

  • 2006 FIFA World Cup squads – Angola

Africa Cup of Nations

  • 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
  • 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
  • 2012 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
  • 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
  • 2008 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
  • 2006 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
  • 1998 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola
  • 1996 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Angola

Records

Players in bold are still active with Angola.

Managerial history

  • Hungary József Szabó (1965 – 1966)
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zlatko Škorić (? – ?)
  • Angola Rubén García (? –1988)
  • Angola Carlos Queirós (1988–?)
  • Portugal Jesualdo Ferreira (1989)
  • Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dušan Kondić (? –1993)
  • Angola Branco Arlindo (1993–?)
  • Portugal Carlos Alhinho (1994–1995)
  • Portugal Professor Neca (1996–1998)
  • Angola Carlos de Abreu (1998)
  • Serbia and Montenegro Veselin Jelušić (1998)
  • Brazil Djalma Cavalcante (1999)
  • Portugal Carlos Alhinho (2000)
  • Angola Mário Calado (2000–2001)
  • Brazil Ismael Kurtz (2002–2003)
  • Angola Luís Oliveira Gonçalves (2003–2008)
  • Angola Mabi de Almeida (2008–2009)
  • Portugal Manuel José (2009–2010)
  • France Hervé Renard (2010)
  • Angola Zeca Amaral (2010)
  • Angola Lito Vidigal (2011–2012)
  • Angola Romeu Filemón (2012)
  • Uruguay Gustavo Ferrín (2012–2013)
  • Angola Romeu Filemón (2014–2015)
  • Angola José Kilamba (2016–2017)
  • Brazil Beto Bianchi (2017–2018)
  • Serbia Srđan Vasiljević (2018–2019)
  • Portugal Pedro Gonçalves (2019–)

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

As of 2022, Angola has qualified once for a FIFA World Cup. Its first participation in the World Cup qualifiers was in 1986, where they won in the first round, beating Senegal 4−3 on penalty kicks. They later lost in the second round of the 1986 World Cup qualifiers to Algeria. Algeria went to the third round and qualified for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

Angola's first participation in the World Cup was in the 2006 World Cup, in Germany.

Year Final Tournament Qualification
Round Pld W D L F A Pos. Pld W D L F A
Uruguay 1930 to West Germany 1974 Part of Portugal Part of Portugal
Argentina 1978 Not a FIFA member Not a FIFA member
Spain 1982 Did not enter Declined participation
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify Second round 4 1 1 2 3 4
Italy 1990 Second round – 3rd 8 2 3 3 8 8
United States 1994 First round – 3rd 5 1 2 2 3 4
France 1998 Final round – 2nd 8 4 4 0 12 5
South KoreaJapan 2002 Final round – 2nd 10 5 4 1 19 10
Germany 2006 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 2 Second round – 1st[A] 12 7 3 2 15 9
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify Second round – 2nd[B] 6 3 1 2 11 8
Brazil 2014 Second round – 3rd 6 1 4 1 7 5
Russia 2018 Second round 2 0 0 2 1 4
Qatar 2022 Second round – 4th 8 3 2 3 9 9
CanadaMexicoUnited States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 1/22 3 0 2 1 1 2
69 27 24 18 88 66

Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 10 September 2019 after the match against Gambia.

Notes

Africa Cup of Nations

Year Final Tournament Qualification
Round Pld W D L F A Pos. Pld W D L F A
Sudan 1957 to Egypt 1974 Part of Portugal Part of Portugal
Ethiopia 1976 to Nigeria 1980 Not affiliated to CAF Not affiliated to CAF
Libya 1982 Did not qualify Preliminary round 2 0 2 0 1 1
Ivory Coast 1984 First round 4 2 1 1 7 4
Egypt 1986 Did not enter Did not enter
Morocco 1988 Did not qualify First round 4 2 0 2 2 4
Algeria 1990 First round 4 1 1 2 5 7
Senegal 1992 4th 6 0 3 3 3 6
Tunisia 1994 Did not enter Did not enter
South Africa 1996 Group stage 3 0 1 2 4 6 1st 10 6 2 2 17 8
Burkina Faso 1998 Group stage 3 0 2 1 5 8 2nd 4 2 0 2 4 4
GhanaNigeria 2000 Did not qualify 4th 8 2 2 4 10 12
Mali 2002 3rd 8 4 2 2 12 8
Tunisia 2004 2nd 4 1 2 1 7 4
Egypt 2006 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 5 Second round – 1st[C] 12 7 3 2 15 9
Ghana 2008 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 5 4 1st 6 4 1 1 16 5
Angola 2010 Quarter-finals 4 1 2 1 6 5 Second round – 2nd[D] 6 3 1 2 11 8
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Group stage 3 1 1 1 4 5 1st 6 4 0 2 7 5
South Africa 2013 Group stage 3 0 1 2 1 4 Second round 2 1 0 1 3 3
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify 3rd 6 1 3 2 5 5
Gabon 2017 3rd 6 1 2 3 7 8
Egypt 2019 Group stage 3 0 2 1 1 2 1st 6 4 0 2 9 6
Cameroon 2021 Did not qualify 4th 6 1 1 4 4 7
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined To be determined
Guinea 2025
Totals 8/33 26 4 12 10 39
100 46 26 38 145 114

Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks; correct as of 29 March 2021 after the match against Gabon.

Notes

COSAFA Cup

Year COSAFA Cup record
Rank Pld W D L F A
1997 Did not enter
1998 Third place 5 1 4 0 6 4
1999 Winners 5 4 0 1 6 2
2000 Semi-final 2 0 1 1 1 2
2001 Winners 4 2 2 0 3 1
2002 Quarter-final 1 0 0 1 1 2
2003 First round 1 0 0 1 0 1
2004 Winners 4 2 2 0 4 2
2005 Semi-final 1 0 0 1 1 2
2006 Runners-up 4 3 0 1 10 5
2007 Quarter-final 2 1 1 0 2 0
South Africa 2008 See Angola national under-20 football team.
Zimbabwe 2009 Quarter-final 1 0 0 1 0 2
Zambia 2013 Plate final 3 1 1 1 4 4
South Africa 2015 Did not enter
Namibia 2016 Group stage 3 0 0 3 0 7
South Africa 2017 Group stage 3 1 2 0 1 0
South Africa 2018 Group stage 3 1 1 1 2 2
South Africa 2019 Withdrew
South Africa 2020 Cancelled
South Africa 2021 Did not enter
South Africa 2022 Group stage 3 2 0 1 6 2
Totals 16/21 42 16 14 12 41 36

Honours

Iran vs. Angola 2014-05-30 (001)
Angola lining-up before a friendly match in 2014
  • COSAFA Cup
    • Winners (3): 1999, 2001, 2004
  • Central African Games
    • Runners-up (1): 1987
  • African Nations Championship
    • Runners-up (1): 2011

See also

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  • Angola women's national football team
  • Angola national under-20 football team
  • Angola national under-17 football team
  • Angolan Football Federation
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