COSAFA COSAFA Cup: Goncalves credits Angola triumph against Namibia to consistency

Angola coach Pedro Goncalves has credited the national team’s success to win the 2024 edition of the COSAFA Cup to the groundwork done with some of the players he coached at U17 level.

The 48-year-old, who guided the Angola to an impressive quarter-final finish at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire continued from where he left off with a clinical display at the COSAFA Cup held in South Africa, that was capped with a historic 5-0 win over Namibia in the finals.

The historic win over the Brave Warriors meant the Sable Antelopes were crowned Southern African champions for the fourth time, three titles short of Zambia’s record of seven.

“This journey started in 2018 with the U17 (national team). Some of the players and I are still here, and some are in another stage of their careers. These players believe and work hard to accomplish the plan we set. It is unusual to get a score like that in the final but today, it was a day of goals, and everything happened so well,” said the coach.

Upon his 2018 arrival, Gonçalves was appointed the Angola U17 national team coach where he hit the ground running with a COSAFA Cup U17 gold medal which was followed by a third-place finish at the CAF U17 AFCON, as well as guiding his side to their first ever FIFA U17 World Cup, where their journey ended in the Round of 16.

Crediting his opponent, the coach said Namibia had a strong team and praised coach Collin Benjamin for the work he has done with the Namibian national team.

“Namibia have a strong team and worked hard to reach the final and I believe it was the best teams to reach the final. Credit to my colleague who is doing a great job in Namibia. I believe there is so much good happening there,” he said.


Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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