Area 1,246,700 square km
Capital City Luanda
Official language Portuguese
President Jose Eduardo dos Santos
FEDERACAO ANGOLANA DE FUTEBOL
President Pedro Neto
Affiliated to FIFA 1980
Affiliated to CAF 1980
Honours 1999, 2001, 2004 Cosafa Senior Challenge winners
The ‘Palancas Negras’ represented the Cosafa region at the World Cup finals in Germany in 2006 and were also quarter-finalists at the 2008 African Nations Cup finals in Ghana, as well as two years later on home soil. The side are led by Uruguayan national Gustavo Ferrin, who has been talking the side through a rebuilding phase in the last few years.
ANGOLA COSAFA CUP HISTORY
Angola, along with South Africa, have won the Cosafa Senior Challenge on three occasions, but were the first team to pick up a hat-trick of titles so and were awarded the first trophy on a permanent basis as recognition of their feat.
They are one behind all-time leading winners Zimbabwe and Zambia, who have four titles.
They also became only the second Cosafa member after South Africa to qualify for the World Cup finals, representing Africa at the 2006 event in Germany.
‘Palancas Negras’ first won the trophy in 1999, when the Cosafa Cup was played as a knockout tournament for the first time.
They beat Namibia 2-1 on aggregate in the final over two legs and then repeated the feat in 2001 when they overcame Zimbabwe.
In 2004 they got to keep the trophy after beating Zambia in the final in Lusaka, winning 5-4 on penalties after a goalless draw.
On all three occasions, Angola had to achieve their success away from home. The second leg of the 1999 final was played in Windhoek and Angola forced a 1-1 draw to take the title while in 2001 they scored a late winner in Harare to overcome Zimbabwe 1-0 on aggregate after a gritty battle in the final.
Angola have only lost seven times in 31 matches in the competition, which is a remarkable record. They are also unbeaten at home in the Cosafa Senior Challenge, where they have played seven times in comparison to 24 assignments on the road.
Angola did not enter the first Cosafa Cup tournament in 1997 but have certainly since imposed their presence since. They entered their national Under-20 team into the Cosafa Senior Challenge in 2008 and 2009 so as not to significantly disrupt their domestic League season.
The country failed to compete at all in the COSAFA Cup 2015.
COSAFA CUP RESULT RECORD
|24-4-99||Blantyre||MALAWI||2-1||Mendonca, Mabedi own goal|
|29-4-06||Maseru||MAURITIUS||5-1||Akwa 3, Mateus, Love|
|30-4-06||Maseru||LESOTHO||3-1||Mateus 2, Ze Kalanga|
|16-7-13||Kitwe||MALAWI||3-2||Mabululu 2, Abdul|