Football in the Cape Verde Islands
Football in 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 second Goal Project
To complete the technical centre that has already opened in Praia, the Cape Verde Islands football association submitted a proposal to lay an artificial playing surface, which was approved by the Goal Bureau on 22 September 2004. This second Goal project also included the purchase of essential equipment for the centre. The government has donated land in an effort to further promote the game of football. The association's development efforts focus primarily on nurturing young talent.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Artificial turf pitch and equipment for existing technical centre in Praia
Project approved
22 September 2004
Opened on 2 May 2006
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000