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A game which saw a first defeat for Angola in this year’s competition. That defeat along with Sudan’s victory sees Angola out by virtue or goal difference which is incredibly unlucky.
Ivory Coast had opted to rest many of their main stars such as Yaya Toure and Gervinho for this tie as they had already qualified. Angola needed to avoid defeat to make it through to the knockout stage of the competition.
Angola gifted Ivory Coast the lead after they failed to clear a fizzing ball across the box and Emmanuel Eboue …

With a promising start to the competition this year Angola definitely have some players’ to look out for. In my opinion there are three main men who you should keep an eye on during the competition. My three players are Manucho, Andre Macanga and Mateus. Let’s have a look at each player in turn:
Manucho
Angola’s main man so far in this competition with three of their four goals currently from the opening two matches. He is setting an example for his teammates to step up their game to have a chance …

Match day 2 saw two teams who had encountered different fortunes in their opening group game. Sudan lost by a solitary goal to the Ivory Coast and Angola beat Burkina Faso 2-1. The game was finally poised as both teams wanted to press on in the group.
Opening exchanges were fairly predictable, both teams happy to play it around and get a touch of the ball. Five minutes in though and Manucho was quick to nick the ball off a Sudan defender. He pressed forward into the box to bury the …

 
With the other match in group B far from a stand out performance, both these teams had the chance to show what they were all about.
The first half was subdued and I thought both teams were too tentative and tactical, no one was really having a go. As neither of these teams are favourite for the group I wasn’t surprised at 0-0 when it was half time. I got the impression that neither side wanted to leave with nothing.
Angola posed a bigger threat but even they were fairly subdued in …

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 …

Undefeated Angola should go into their quarter final with Ghana with confidence following recent performances.
 
The Angolan’s finished in top spot in Group A courtesy of a 4-4 draw with Mali, a 2-0 victory over Malawi and o-o draw with Algeria and can approach the match with realistic hopes of progression to the semi-finals for the first time ever.
Tournament top scorer and talisman Flavio has been passed fit to play for Angola but big doubts remain over winger Gilberto, who was injured during training. Despite this it is the Stadium in …

Angola look to continued their winning form and qualify for their second successive knockout round as they take on their biggest threat Algeria.
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Angola have had a partly successful start to the season campaign with a 4-4 and a 2-0 on their belt but they will be looking to at least take a point from the Algerians tonight to confirm their knockout round security. Likewise, Algeria will also be looking to take the points tonight after a shock loss and one win placing them third in the group A table.
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Angola look to come back from their miraculous draw in the opening game of the ACN against Mali
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Angola were looking to start their African Cup Of Nations campaign with a win and their ideal outcome was likely to happen as the Black Antelopes were four goals ahead of Mali, but for sensational comeback from The Eagles. Stephen Keshi’s men came back from four goals to earn a vital point. Malawi’s campaign meanwhile, started in a total different direction with an unexpected three points at the expense of Algeria.
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After Flavio …

Angola tonight have made up for throwing away a four-goal lead against Mali in their opening game by beating Malawi 2-0 to move top of Group A .  
Two goals early in the second half from strikers Flavio and Manucho settled the game and brought the whole three points the hosts way. Flavio scored his third of the campaign with a trademark header from a cross from left back Mabina then Manucho later doubled the lead by stripping the Malawi captain Peter Mponda of the ball on the edge of the …

“And the cry was no defenders” as Mali launched a 13 minute goal avalanche that hijacked Angola’s seemingly unassailable lead and sparked mass celebration amongst the Eagles faithful.
Injury time strikes from Seydou Keita and Mustapha Yatabare helped Mali restore parity from four goals down and record possibly the most remarkable recovery in modern day international football.

Malian delight

The tournament began amongst a sombre atmosphere after the events that led to Togo’s withdrawal. However, the hosts started the match brightly until they were forced into an early substitution, with Djalma Campos replacing …