Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:38 - Updated Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:37
National team seek first win in World Cup qualifying stage
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Luanda - The national football team search for their first win in Group J of qualification to the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, when they play on Sunday in Monrovia, Liberia for the second round.
After the "unexpected" (1-1) draw in the opening round against Uganda, in November 11 Stadium, the Palancas Negras (the nickname of the national squad), under coach Romeo Filemon, go to this game thinking about the victory if they do not want to compromise their aspirations to mark their second presence in a World Cup final.
The first participation of Angola took place in 2006, in the Germany World Cup, while the Liberians try their first appearance.
With a national team under renovation, the Palancas Negras will face an opponent who was beaten by 3-1 in the opening round, in Dakar, by Senegal.
Given the negative score of the host squad, the Angolan team (9th in the CAF Ranking) will have greater peace of mind not to be outdone on Sunday by the 35th ranked team in the list of the Confederation of African Football. Angola has 3,056 points, while Liberia have 2910.
Under the International Football Federation (FIFA), the "Black Antelopes" are on 84th place with 416 points, against 124 of their Sunday opponents (277 points).
The advantage translates in both rankings and performance of competitive teams in the chapter, with Angola to be favourite in this challenge while playing outside their home.
It will be the second clash between the two sides in their history, after having done so on 11 August 2011 in Monrovia, in a friendly for preparation of Angolan team in CAN2012, held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in January and February.
With the absence of goalkeeper Neblú (injured), coach Romeo Filemon may line up Landu, Massunguna, Bastos, Amaro, Djalma, Mano, Manucho Dinis, Lunguinha, Mingo Bille, Yano and Manucho Gonçalves (cap).
In the league table, Angola adds a point as well as Uganda in the second and third places, a group led by Senegal with three. Liberia is in the bottom with no points.