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Soccer: Angola returns to Toulon tournament in France 21 years after

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:18 - Sports

Luanda - The Angolan national team play on May 29 at 19h30 at Lattre-de-Tassigny stadium, Aubagne in Marseille, England, in the opening game of the international tournament in Toulon (France) on their return to the event.

  • Adao Costa, Vice-chairperson of FAF
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In statements to Angop, in Luanda, the FAF vice president, Adão Costa, considered an added value for competitive experiences by the team in this competition, where they returned after 1996, which marked the last Angolan presence in the competition, organized annually by FIFA in partnership with the French affiliate.

According to the official, in addition to being prestigious, the event will be a great incentive for coaches, players and all those who work for the spreading and development of youth football in the country.

He also mentioned as benefits the involvement of "big national teams " of the echelon and the constitution of an important "showcase" for the projection of young players.

Also on the calendar, the Palanquinhas will face the national team of Japan, on June 1 at 5:00 p.m., in the stadium of Honor Marcel Roustan, in the city Salon-de-Provence, for the second round.

In the third and final round of the first round, the national team face the Cuban counterparts on 4 June at 17.30 at the Lattre-de-Tassigny Stadium.

For the 45th edition of the traditional tournament of base teams, now called "Maurice Revello Cup", which brings together 12 countries, Africa is represented by Angola and Cote d'Ivoire), the latter winner of the 2010 edition.

The last participation of Angola in the tournament was in 1996, under technical guidance of Oliveira Gonçalves and José Kilamba. The national team was eliminated in the first phase.
The first presence of Angola in the competition happened in 1995.

The tournament of Toulon began to be disputed in 1967. The first edition was conquered by the Anderletch of Belgium. France, with 12 titles and Brazil, with eight, hold the highest trophy record in the competition.

England won the last edition, disputed in 2016, by beating host France 2-1.