Debutants Angola arrive in Goiania 

  • Angola will compete in the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time

  • Their first match in Group A is against New Zealand on 26 October

  • They were greeted at the Goiania airport by a sertanejos performance

Angola became the first FIFA U-17 World Cup team to touch down in Goiania on Thursday, one of three host cities for Brazil 2019. Upon their arrival they were greeted by spirited sertanejo musical performances from local artists.

The Palanquinhas will be making their debut at the global finals in this age group on the heels of an inspired run through the 2019 CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, where they defeated Nigeria 2-1 to clinch third place.

Angola's players attend to a sertanejo show at their arrival to Goiania Airport (Photo by Carlos Costa/COL Copa do Mundo Sub-17 da FIFA Brasil 2019​).

Head coach Pedro Goncalves' side were drawn into Group A at Brazil 2019 alongside the hosts, New Zealand and Canada. Angola will play their first-ever U-17 World Cup match against the Young All Whites at the Bezerrão Stadium in Brasilia on 26 October. After that they'll face Canada on 29 October in Brasilia before ending group play in Goiania against Brazil on 1 November.

Angola have only competed in two other FIFA tournaments prior to this U-17 World Cup: the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ and the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship. At the former they were eliminated following the group stage, while they reached the Round of 16 at the latter.