African Cup of Nations - Factbox: Angola

Factbox on African Cup of Nations finalists Angola ahead of this year's tournament in South Africa from January 19 to February 10.

African Cup of Nations - Factbox: Angola

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Angola's Mateus Contreiras Alberto know as "Manucho" (L) celebrates next to his teammate Miguel Geraldo Quiami (R) after scoring against Burkina Faso during their Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), group B, football match at the Malabo stadium in Malabo on Janu

Previous appearances in African Cup of Nations finals: 6

Best performance: Quarter-finalists in 2008 and 2010

FIFA world ranking December 2012: 84th

Coach: Gustavo Ferrin made his name in youth football, starting at Defensor Sporting in his native Uruguay and then taking his country's U17 and U20 teams to world championships. His only previous senior job was at Montevideo-based Defensor Sporting, where he was responsible for a turnaround in fortunes in 2004. He took over as Angola coach in June from Lito Vidigal, who was fired after the team failed to reach the quarter-finals of the last Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.


Goalkeepers: 1-Lama (Petro Atletico), 12-Landu (Recreativo Libolo), 22-Neblu (Primeiro Agosto)

Defenders: 14-Amaro, 4-Dani Massunguna (both Primeiro Agosto), 13-Bastos (Petro Atletico), 5-Fabricio (InterClube), 3-Lunguinha (Kabuscorp), 2-Marco Airosa (AEL Limassol), 20-Mingo Bille, 16-Pirolito (both InterClube), 10-Zuela (Apoel Nicosia)

Midfielders: 6-Dede, 11-Gilberto (both AEL Limassol), 8-Manucho Dinis (Primeiro Agosto), 21-Manuel (AS Aviacao), 15-Miguel (Petro Atletico)

Forwards: 7-Djalma Campos (Kasimpassa), 18-Geraldo (Parana), 23-Guilherme Afonso (FC Vaduz), 9-Manucho (Real Valladolid), 17-Mateus (Nacional), 19-Yano (Progresso Sambizanga)

Key players:

Djalma Campos (Kasimpasa). Age: 25. Position: Forward. After scoring only one goal for Portuguese champions Porto he was sent on loan to Turkey where he is again struggling to find the back of the net. He has been more effective with the national team where he plays as a foil to Manucho. His father Abel Campos played at Benfica and also for Angola.

Manucho (Real Valladolid). Age: 29 Position: Forward. Two quick goals in the vital qualifying tie against Zimbabwe in October allowed Angola to squeak into the finals and confirmed Manucho's status as their lead striker. His three goals made him joint top scorer at the 2012 finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. At Real Valladolid last month he scored twice against Real Madrid.

Zuela (Apoel Nicosia). Age: 29 Position: Defender. Zuela was born in Luanda and brought up in Portugal but most of his career has been spent at clubs in Greece, Russia and now Cyprus. Three years ago he went to Wigan Athletic on trial but did not prove successful. Can play at full-back, centre defence or as a defensive midfielder.

Prospects: Angola have become more consistent and trickier to deal with although they are still inclined to periods of defensive frailty and the odd moment of complete folly. They will have a side dominated by home-based players who have been without league football since the Angola GiraBola season ended in November, bringing into question their fitness for the tournament.

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