Football in the Cape Verde Islands
Football the Cape Verde Islands is currently undergoing a restructuring phase, yet significant progress has already been made. For example, the national association is regularly participating in official international competitions. Notable successes have included a 2-1 victory over Togo in the qualifying competition for the African Cup of Nations, a win against Senegal in the Coupe Cabral 2002, and successful qualification for the finals of WAFU Cup in 2001. The Islands' most famous player is Carlos Alhinho, who played for Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, and FC Porto, before moving on to Spain and Belgium. He later coached the national team and various clubs in Angola and is today the coach of Al-Ahly in Qatar. Current top players include Dos Santos (Benfica Lisboa) and Brito (Leixoes, Portugal).
The first Goal Project
On 29 October 2001, the Goal Bureau endorsed a project involving the construction of headquarters for the Cape Verde Islands' national association in Praia, incorporating a technical centre with a football pitch. The project has been funded by Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme. The main activities at the centre will be the general administration and coordination of football, youth coaching activities, preparation camps for national teams prior to international matches, and a biennial programme for 15-year-olds. Women's and youth football are experiencing a surge in popularity and should receive additional support as a result of the new facilities. Attention will be directed to long-term planning.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National technical centre, national association headquarters and pitch in Praia
Project approved
29 October 2001
Opened on 2 May 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 471 233 Total cost USD 871,233