Goncalves given contract extension
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Angolan football coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves was rewarded on by having his contract extended until the next tournament in 2010.

Goncalves, who steered the Black Antelopes to the quarter-finals of the tournament earlier this month, told state radio he had received 'a very interesting proposal' to coach Morocco who recently parted company with veteran Frenchman Henri Michel.

However he had decided to accept an offer to extend his deal until 2010 when Angola will play host to the cream of African football.

Justino Fernandes, chairman of the Angolan Football Association (FAF) told reporters that Goncalves had deserved a new improved deal.

"After these last four years we have confidence in him. He will stay until the 2010 CAN," Fernandes said.

Angola, torn apart by a 27-year war which ended in 2002, is rapidly emerging as a new powerhouse in African football.

As well as its strong showing at the recent tournament in Ghana, it also qualified for the first time in 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.

They were knocked out of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Cup by eventual winners Egypt, with Manchester United's recent signing Manucho emerging as one of the stars of the tournament.