Pedro Goncalves, the head coach of Angola, stated that his team’s chance to prove their worth would come on Friday when they play Nigeria’s Super Eagles in the quarterfinals.
The first-ever meeting between the Eagles and the Palancas Negras will take place in the AFCON.
Both teams had faced off in the Africa Nations Championship, AFCON, and World Cup qualifications in the past.
Angola received their retribution by winning the only ticket to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, while the Eagles defeated them to win a spot in the 2004 AFCON in Tunisia.
When the two teams are going to play, one match that always springs to mind is the terrible match in Lagos in 1989 that saw Samuel Okwaraji killed during a 1990 World Cup qualifier.
The two nations will enter their match on Friday having won three straight.
“We will be playing a powerful team, but we forsee this meeting as an opportunity to show our worth and that we have been progressing,” Gonçalves said in his press conference on Thursday.
“We respect Nigeria a lot, and they are a powerful team with players in the Premier League and other top leagues.
” They have found the best formation in a tournament as the AFCON.”
But according to Goncalves, they won’t be afraid going into the game against the Eagles.
“We are not afraid of any of the teams. We’ve experienced a couple of situations, but they did not stop us from meeting our target. As I said earlier, tomorrow is an opportunity.”
Two times, during their hosting of the competition in 2008 and 2010, Angola has been a part of the AFCON quarterfinals.