19 February 2013

Angolan Coach Explains Poor Performance of Angolan Teams in African Cups

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Luanda — Angola's Recreativo do Libolo, 1º de Agosto and Recreativo da Caála squads are facing in the African cups teams that are theoretically easy to overcome, but in the start of the continental cups the Angolan teams displayed a weak physical form, most probably due to the late start of the National First Division Football Championship (Girabola2013).

This was said on Monday to ANGOP, in Luanda, by coach Agostinho Tramagal, in reaction to the results of the first round of the African Champion Clubs Cup, played last weekend, stressing that in a general way, the Angolan teams fell victim to their current weak physical condition.

Last Saturday 1º de Agosto beat Adema of Madagascar by 4-2, Libolo beat Simba of Tanzania (1-0), while Recreativo da Caála lost to the Power Dynamos of Zambia (0-1).

Agostinho Tramagal, who was the coach of Académica do Soyo football team in the 2011/2012 season, defended that since the first division championship (Girabola) ended in October, the new season should have started in December, and not February or March as it is in the current schedule.

In so doing, he said, by the time the African cups start the teams will have played about six official games, similarly to what happens with the other African countries, whose championships start in the same period as European countries.

He stressed that the positive resulto of two Angolan teams in the African cups came about due to the weak competitive level of the opponent teams, adding that things would be different if the adversaries were teams from countries like Egypt and Tunisia.

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