With the Africa Cup of Nations on the horizon this is a tournament preview for the Angolan national team. Now, Angola has been an African side with little to cheer in this competition and often struggle to get out of the group. They burst onto the worldwide scene in 2006 when they qualified for the World Cup in Germany which was remarkable as they hadn’t long ended a civil war in the country. Angola’s progress as a team has been steady but improvement is definitely there. However, they were in real danger of not even qualifying for this competition; an emergency managerial move was made and here they are in Group B in 2012.
The last two tournaments put Angola in good stead for this time around as they have managed to reach the quarter finals on both occasions. I look at this group and I feel that Angola would take second spot in this group. The Ivory Coast are favourites for the group as they have an array of Premier League talent. Ranked 85th place by Fifa this Angolan side will have real belief about what they can achieve here. They will fear no-one and have plenty of options both young and old in their squad to use.
I admit that Group B is the toughest group any team could have been put into as it consists of the favourites Côte D’Ivoire. If I were to offer Angola any advice it would be this, have belief in themselves and give it ago. Teams that are tentative are never going to win games and that’s what football is all about isn’t it? A runner’s up position would satisfy Angola’s barmy army and would see them get out of the group which as I previously mentioned they often find difficult.
This tournament offers these players to express themselves and put themself into the global market as plenty of scouts are present at the games. Previous Angolan players include Manucho who once graced the turf at Old Trafford!