2011 African Nations Championship (CHAN)
Angola will make their debut at the CHAN championships in day 4 of the tournament, against Tunisia.
The tournament will be an opportunity for the “girabolistas” to show their value and make a claim for a permanent spot in the national team.
But most importantly, it will be an opportunity for young players to gain experience in the national team setup. The opposition in the CHAN championship are likely to provide stiffer competition than the usual girabola team.
In fact, Tunisia has a squad full of experienced players from clubs that usually compete at the latter stages of the African Champions League.
So, do the Palancas Negras stand any chance of success?
Some of the players in the squad have already been capped by the national team, which means that they will understand the setup and at least know where the goal is. Players like Love, Ze Kalanga and Cali will guide the younger players on the field.
The problem is, Angola has a new coach- Lito Vidigal. He is the third coach in the space of a year.
Although theoretically, Vidigal is a more qualified coach than his predecessor, he has no experience in managing national teams. The constant change of personnel is unlikely to help Angola in the long term.
On a more positive note, Angola will hope to make use of the formidable skills of Job, who was voted as the best player of the girabola last season. They will have a strong midfield with the reliable Chara in the holding role and the pacey Ze Kalanga wide on the right.
The Palancas have also had a successful training camp in Brazil, where they won 2 matches and lost 1.
Overall, all will depend on how fast the less experienced members of the squad will take to adjust to playing in an international tournament.
I expect Angola to scrape through the quarter-finals, but after that, inexperience is likely to get the better of them in the latter stages of the tournament.
I liked what I saw, I hope the continue to get better. I do not know much about the new manger, but I like what I saw against Tunisia.
Glad to know that you enjoyed the team’s play Joka. I only watched highlights, so don’t know for sure how well they played.
I did hear though, that some of the players didnt perform as well as they usually do in the league- probably a combination of good opposition and nerves.
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The link above is the Angola Tunisia game… let me know what you think after you get a chance to view the game.
I’m an angolan man, but i must be really. I saw the game, but they did’nt do what i hope. I think there is many reason for that desaire, so think if we continue with that behave i will not pass through Senegal. Senegal won. I WILL TRY… My brother we must believe, but over of all be realistic.
I saw the match guys. I hated the fact that they couldnt pass the ball around and had to resort to long balls.
It was a difficult match to watch. Not many highlights.
The only positives, I think, were:
1- Osorio could develop into a very good player if he were to play football in a better league.
2- Mingo Bille has good pace- if only he had a good cross in him…
3- The national team can only get better after this performance
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