22 October 2012

Angola/Cape Verde: Nation's Football Squad Might Face Cape Verde in November

Luanda — The Angolan senior males football team might play Cape Verde on November 15, possibly in Portugal or in another European country, in fulfilment of a FIFA date, as confirmed last Saturday by the secretary-general of the Angolan Football Federation (FAF), Cardoso de Lima.

Speaking to the state-owned RNA radio, in regard to the preparation stage of the Sable Antelopes (Angola's national football team), he said this is a reciprocal wish, which can be materialised if the two teams do not end up in the same group after next Wednesday's draw, in Durban, for the African Nations Cup (CAN2013).

Angola will be represented at the draw ceremony by one of the vice chairmen of the Angolan Football Federation (FAF), José Luis Prata, and the assistant coach of the Sable Antelopes, José Kilamba.

Cardoso de Lima informed that the preparation of the national team for CAN2013 will start after the draw, since by this time the country will know the adversaries of the Sable Antelopes and the city in which the team will be staying.

He also revealed that FAF needs over 800 million kwanzas for the "operation CAN", including for payment of prizes, training programme, control games among other expenses, adding that the squad is scheduled to play at least eight friendly games with teams that have not yet been defined.

In the same radio debate, the secretary of State for Sports, Albino da Conceição José, disclosed that the first objective of the national team in South Africa's 2013 Africa Nations Cup is to reach the quarter-finals, after which the squad can focus on going beyond that position.

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