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Factbox on Angola

Ahram Online, Tuesday 17 Jan 2012
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Qualifying campaign: Angola struggled at the beginning of the campaign but finished in style with three straight victories to top Group J - which included Kenya, Guinea Bissau and Uganda - with 12 points.

History: Angola appeared five times at CAN. The farthest stage they reached was the quarter finals in the previous two CAN editions, in 2008 and 2010.

Expectations: Drawn in a tough group that includes heavyweights Ivory Coast, Angola will be looking to leapfrog Sudan into the group’s second place to advance to the knockout phase. Coach Lito Vidigal will rely on ageing stars like Flavio Amado, Andre Makanga and Manucho in addition to former German junior Rafael Nando to reach a third straight quarter final.

FIFA ranking: 85 (18 in Africa)


CAN quarter-finalists in 2008 and 2010
Made 5 CAN appearances
Made 1 World cup appearance in 2006

Coach: Lito Vidigal (Angola)

Key players: Flavio Amado, Manucho, Andre Makanga


Full squad:

Goalkeepers:Carlos (unattached), Wilson (Primeiro de Agosto), Hugo (Kubuscorp),

Defenders:Kali (Primeiro de Agosto), Marco Airosa (AEL Limassol, Cyprus), Amaro (Primeiro de Agosto), Zuela (Atromitos, Greece), Dani Massunguna (Primeiro de Agosto), Mingo Bille (Primeiro de Agosto), Bastos (Petro Atletico), Jaime (Progresso Luanda)

Midfielders: SebastiaoGilberto (Lierse, Belgium), André Makanga (Al-Jahra, Kuwait), Miguel (Petro Atletico), Dedé (AEL Limassol, Cyprus), Mabiná (Petro Atletico), Chara (Petro Atletico), Osório (Caala)

Forwards: Love Cabungula (Petro Atletico), Flávio Amado (Lierse, Belgium), Manucho Gonçalves (Real Valladolid, Spain), Mateus Galiano (Nacional, Portugal), Djalma (FC Porto, Portugal), Vunguidica (Preußen Münster, Germany), Manucho Barros (InterClube), Nando Rafael (Augsburg) 


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