Angola Targets 2010 Nations Cup Title
Angola departed the MTN Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ghana on Monday but believe they have the makings of a potential title winning side when they host the next event in 2010.
Angola were eliminated after a 2-1 loss to Egypt in their quarter-final clash in Kumasi, the first time the southern African country had made it past the first round of the tournament.
Coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves said they had shown the potential to challenge for the title in two years.
“The players were at par with the top in Africa, but what they lacked in experience, this tournament certainly provided them,” said the Angola coach, the architect of their surprise qualification for the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
“The average age of this team will be 28 in 2010. So there is no reason why they can't improve on this showing,” added captain Figueiredo.
The midfielder, who made just a brief appearance at the tournament in Ghana because of injury, says he also hopes to be around despite turning 35 just before the Nations Cup in Ghana.
“My first priority is to find a club and then if the coach still needs me for the national team I will certainly be available,” he added.
Figueiredo's contract at Osters of Sweden is at an end.
Source — MTNfootball.com