ANGOLA did the expected as they continued their winning ways against Namibia with an easy 3-0 victory in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) round of 16 tie in Bouake, Ivory Coast on Saturday night.

Gelson Dala helped himself to a first half brace while Mabululu added one after the break to give the Palncas Negras their eighth win over the Brave Warriors in 14 matches – six of their other meetings ended in draws.

The match, watched by a good crowd of close on 30 000 spectators, had a lively beginning as both sides attacked with purpose and threatened each other early on.

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But things changed quickly with Angola being reduced to ten men just after the quarter-hour mark when their goalkeeper Neblu got sent off for handling the ball outside his box when he blocked a goal attempt from Bethuel Muzeu.

Neblu’s replacement Dominique – who came on for outfield player Estrela – did well to save the free kick which Orlando Pirates winger Deon Hotto lobbed over the wall.

Still, you thought Nambia would make their numerical advantage count for something. But it was not to be as Angola more than held their own. The Palancas Negras actually took the lead on 38 minutes when Dala slotted home a square pass from captain Freddy who had received a sublime throughball from Gilberto.

Things got worse for Namibia two minutes later when Lubeni Haukongo was sent off for a second bookable to see parity restored in terms of the number of players on the field.

From the resultant free kick, Freddy again provided the assist as his floated ball landed flush on the head of the on-running Ndala who directed it into the top corner to essentially end the clash as a contest.

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Impressive as they were in registering their maiden AFCON finals victory with that 1-0 win over Tunisia and then lifting themselves up following the 4-0 hammering by Bafana Bafana to hold Mali goalless, you just could not see Namibia coming back from this one.
And while they made some inroads into the Angola area after the break, the fact that their captain Peter Shalulile appears to have left his coring form at the Mamelodi Sundowns headquarters in Chloorkop did not help matters. As in previous matches, the usually lethal striker just could not find the opposition net with the chances he got going to waste.

Instead it was Angola who scored in the second half following a swift counter-attack to punish a Namibia side that was piling on the pressure in search of goal.
And captain Freddy was once again involved as he delivered a fantastic 40m pass from inside his own half to find Dala on the left flank and the brace-scorer became the provider as he set up Mabululu. The Egypt-based forward is never one to wait for a second invitation at scoring a goal and he deftly curled the ball past the flailing Namibian goalkeeper Lloyd Kazapuwa of Chippa United for a goal that gave Angola their biggest win at the AFCON finals. It was also their first knockout stage victory at the biennial continental showpiece.

The result was never in doubt really given Angola’s great record against Namibia prior to the match.
Ends ends ends.

By Matshelane Mamabolo

Former Sapa Yopa Motorcycle Club presidents Sarel Nong and Antonio Pico Santana Martins completed a 3 298 kilometer ride from Polokwane to Angola.

The two former presidents went to attend two biggest rallies Amigos da Picado and Nomadas in Angola. The one way trip took place on Sunday, 29 January. They returned to South Africa on Wednesday, 8 February.

Not only did they treat other road users to the impressive sight of a stunt but the Sapa Yopa MCC won the longest rider award.

ANGOLA RIDE A FULFILMENT FOR EX SAPA YOPA PRESIDENT

Nong says he had the best trip ever riding on the ground soil of Africa from Polokwane to Angola.

“We left Polokwane Sunday morning straight to Botswana and slept in Botswana, thereafter we left for Namibia,” he explained.

“That took us two days and we arrived on Thursday. The main aim was to support the two biggest clubs in the SADC region, Amigos da Picado and Nomadas. These guys always support Sapa Yopa MCC rallies. They came in large numbers at every last year’s rally to support the Sapa Yopa rally.

“That side of Angola roads are bad, serious potholes on the road,” said Nong on challenges they faced on the road.

Different Bikers ascended in Angola to support Amigos da Picado and Nomadas rallies
Different Bikers gathered in Angola to support Amigos da Picado and Nomadas rallies

GREAT TREATMENT FROM ANGOLAN BROTHERS

“We were nicely welcomed by the different presidents of the club’s side. They gave us good treatment. We were also awarded the longest rider award.

“We had a mass ride, and in Angola, cars are on the left-hand drive and you drive on the right-hand side. But we have been riding the streets of Benguela which is the number two big city in Angola,” he said.

“The people of Angola are nice and the food is nice and we had fun and the rallies were so refreshing.”

UNIT WAS THE KEY TO SEEING OFF LONGEST TRIP

Antonio Pico Santana Martins said the trip went according to plan and that everyone had a blast.

“We often travel long distances together and we need to work well as a unit. At the end of the day, we are all bikers who live the biking life,” said Martins.

Antonio Pico Santana Martins riding to Angola
Antonio Pico Santana Martins riding to Angola

He explained the ride was also aimed to remind members of the various clubs about their targets and purpose.

“We want to build relationships, share and learn with and from each other. The main aim is to establish clear short-term goals and methods for celebrating the achievements and milestones of the club and individual members. We are living our dreams of cultural diversity with a membership that includes black people, Indians, coloured, and white people,” he said.

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Bafana Bafana and Angola played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly match at Mbombela Stadium on Sunday.

It was Bafana Bafana’s last friendly match of the year. Hugo Broos used the match to prepare for next year’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

BAFANA BAFANA NEXT FIXTURE

They face Liberia home and away in Group K which also has Morocco.

Bafana Bafana XI
Bafana Bafana XI

Joaquim Cristóvão Paciência scored for the Angolans in the 20th minute before Zakhele Lepasa equalised for South Africa eight minutes later.

More to follow….