FEDERACAO ANGOLANA DE FUTEBOL
President Artur De Almeida
Affiliated to FIFA 1980
Affiliated to CAF 1980
Honours 1999, 2001, 2004 COSAFA Castle Cup 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 CASTLE CUP HISTORY
Angola have won the COSAFA Castle Cup 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 South Africa, 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 Castle 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 are unbeaten at home in the COSAFA Castle Cup, where they have played seven times in comparison to 30 assignments on the road.
Angola did not enter the first COSAFA Castle Cup tournament in 1997 but have certainly since imposed their presence since.
They entered their national Under-20 team into the COSAFA Castle Cup in 2008, 2009 and 2016, so as not to significantly disrupt their domestic League season.
They also did not participate in the 2015 tournament in South Africa, but made a return for last year’s event in Namibia, where a very young side lost all three games without scoring a goal.
COSAFA CASTLE 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|