Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:58 - Updated Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:55
Football: Angola begin Wednesday race to CAN2021
Luanda - The national football team play at 8pm this Wednesday, at the 11 Novembro stadium with the Gambia, for the first round match of group D qualifying for the next African Championship of Nations, to be played in 2021 in Cameroon.
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Football: Match between Angola and Gambia
Photo: António Escrivão
It will be the third game between both teams in two months after playing in the qualifying group preliminaries for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
At the time, Palancas Negras, nickname of Angolan national soccer team, won both games 1-0 and 2-1.
As a full group, after the arrival of the remaining Diaspora players on Tuesday, the national team prepare this match in detail, with training sessions focused on defensive cohesion and improved finishing.
Playing at home, Angolans present themselves as theoretical favorites to expand to four the number of victories against the "scorpions" in the history of the games between Angola and Gambia.
The clash between the two teams began in 1978, with Angola winning 5-3 in an international tournament on the occasion of the proclamation of Cape Verde's independence.
The Angolan national team coach, Pedro Gonçalves summoned the following players Toni Cabaça, Landu, Nsesani, Diogenes, Nandinho, Isaac, Quinito, Wilson, Bastos, Tó Carneiro, In addition, Herenilson, Ito, Yano, Mano Calesso, Geraldo, Liliano, Messias, Núrio Furtuna , Fredy, Show, Fabio Abreu, Mateus Galiano, Vai, Gelson and Wilson Eduardo.
Palancas Negras, currently ranked 31st in the CAF ranking and 120th in FIFA, have been present eight times at this African football competition : South Africa (1996), Burkina Faso (1998), Egypt (2006), Ghana (2008) ), Angola (2010), Gabon / Equatorial Guinea (2012), South Africa (2013) and Egypt (2019).
The Gambians, 47th in CAF and 166th in FIFA rankings, have never been in a final phase of CAN.
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