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Mali came from four goals down to earn a sensational draw with the hosts in the opening game of the African Nations Cup, on Sunday. Despite being ahead for seventy nine minutes, Angola let a four goal lead drop in the final third of the game.
Manuel Jose’s men went ahead in the thirty seventh minute when a diving header from the Saudi Arabian based striker Flavio Amado hit the back of the net. Shortly afterwards, he doubled the hosts advantage with another flying header from defender Mabina’s excellent cross.
After a …

After a traumatic number of days the African Cup of Nations kicks off in Luanda this evening with the validity of the competition still under the microscope after an organised ambush on Togolese players. Hosts, Angola, take on Mali in what could well prove a decisive fixture in who progresses to the knockout phase. However, fatal events off the park have added enhanced significance to security and affected the glamour of Angola’s inaugural hosting of the event.

Prior to the attack on the Togolese, Mali would have viewed this as a …

Like the home shirt, Angola’s African Cup Of Nations away shirt is unlike any other before it. The Black Antelope’s new away shirt has a retro three colour strip across its yellow centre. The Dominantly yellow shirt, which features both metallic and regular yellow material, is to be manufactured by Puma.  In addition, the away shirt also features an engineered mesh system which offers greater ventilation to improve the players performance and reduce sweat. The shirt also features two Puma logos on the arms with small red rings at the …

Like every host nation’s dream, Angola’s wish will be to kick start the competition off with three points in their bag.
Form
Since the appointment of Manuel Jose in May 2009, The Black Antelopes have experienced a bad run of form with only two wins in ten matches and a goal per match ratio of less than one. The lack of scoring frequency has restricted Angola to too many draws, the last of which came on January 3rd in a friendly against the Gambia ahead of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.
Angola’s …

With the ANC only days away, the host nation Angola have released their home jersey and what a jersey it is. The Puma manufactured shirt, which has a black and yellow strip vertically across the middle, also features the famous black antelope on the left shoulder.  In addition, the dark red shirt also features an engineered mesh system which offers greater ventilation to improve the players performance. The shirt also features two Puma logos on the arms with small yellow rings at the bottom of the arm. The final feature …

When The Black Antelopes declared their twenty three man squad, there were no surprises even with an uncapped player in the team (Wilson Alegre). Manuel Jose featured a vast age range of Angolan talent including the experienced forward Manucho who plays for the Spanish club Real Valladolid and home grown stopper Lama.
Despite there being more home grown talent in Angola, Manuel Jose has called upon the experience of his foreign based players to give the hosts a chance of success. The Portuguese manger has called up eleven foreign players to …

After a successful stint in the 2008 African cup of nations, Angola were awarded the rights to host the tournament for the first time in its twenty six year history.  Angola, who have only featured in the competition four times, preceded to the quarter finals in 2008.
Manuel Jose’s men have been booked at twenty one to one to win the tournament and no wonder when you see their group. Angola have been drawn in an unbelievably hard group with both Algeria and Mali to contend with. As the Black Antelopes …

Hi everone I’ll be covering the home nation, Angola in the twenty seventh African Cup Of Nations. I hope you enjoy all my articles.