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).
Third Goal project
The Cape Verde Islands already boast a football centre that is home to the association's headquarters in the capital city of Praia. However, as the country is spread out over various islands, another focal point - in the form of a regional technical centre - is now required for the association's development programmes. Therefore, on 21 March 2007, the Goal Bureau approved a project on the island of São Vicente in the Barlavento region, which will primarily target local youngsters and clubs.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Regional technical centre on São Vicente island, Barlavento
Project approved on
21 March 2007
Goal USD 400,000 Total cost USD 400,000