FIFA U-17 World Cup history
There will be a new African representative at Brazil 2019: Angola. The young Palancas Negras upset the odds by not only reaching the semi-finals of the 2019 CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations, but also by beating Nigeria 2-1 in the match for third place.
Road to Brazil
Angola put in the greatest performance in their history at the U-17 Cup of Nations, only losing out to Cameroon on penalties (4-3) after a 0-0 draw at the semi-final stage. Earlier in the competition, they had clinched a creditable second place in a tough group that included Nigeria, Uganda and hosts Tanzania.
Portuguese-born Pedro Soares Goncalves took charge of Angola’s U-17 side in 2018, having previously coached at the academy run by Primeiro d’Agosto – one of the African country’s major clubs – since 2016, and at Sporting Lisbon’s academy prior to that.
Did you know?
- Angola’s squad boasts the top scorer from the 2019 U-17 Cup of Nations. Osvaldo Capemba bagged four goals at the continental contest in April.
- Another Angolan player, Zito, also stood out at the Cup of Nations. “There’s no doubt that he’s the leader of the team,” said his coach. “When you see him play, you realise straight away that he’s on another level.”