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Angola, along with South Africa and Zambia,
have won the Cosafa Senior Challenge on three occasions, but were the first
team to pick up a hat-trick of titles so and were awarded the first trophy on a
permanent basis as recognition of their feat.
They are one behind all-time leading
winners Zimbabwe, who have four titles.
They also became only the second Cosafa
member after South Africa to qualify for the World Cup finals, representing
Africa at the 2006 event in Germany.
‘Palancas Negras’ first won the trophy in
1999, when the Cosafa Castle Cup was played as a knockout tournament for the
They beat Namibia 2-1 on aggregate in the
final over two legs and then repeated the feat in 2001 when they overcame
In 2004 they got to keep the trophy after
beating Zambia in the final in Lusaka, winning 5-4 on penalties after a
On all three occasions, Angola had to
achieve their success away from home. The second leg of the 1999 final was
played in Windhoek and Angola forced a 1-1 draw to take the title while in 2001
they scored a late winner in Harare to overcome Zimbabwe 1-0 on aggregate after
a gritty battle in the final.
Angola have only lost seven times in 31
matches in the competition, which is a remarkable record. They are also
unbeaten at home in the Cosafa Senior Challenge, where they have played seven
times in comparison to 24 assignments on the road.
Angola did not enter the first Cosafa
Castle Cup tournament in 1997 but have certainly since imposed their presence
since. They entered their national Under-20 team into the Cosafa Senior
Challenge in 2008 and 2009 so as not to significantly disrupt their domestic