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Angola and Cameroon face off in a game to qualify for the 2026 World Cup

This Tuesday, Angola will face its counterpart Cameroon on the field, in the fourth qualifying round for the 2026 World Cup. This will be the seventh match between the two countries since they met in 2000 for the World Cup qualifiers in Japan and South Korea, is scheduled for 8pm, at Estádio 11 de Novembro, in Luanda.

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In anticipation of this Tuesday's game, in a press conference, national coach Pedro Gonçalves said that the team is prepared to counter the opponent. The national team based its preparation for the match on Cameroon's game tactics, which prioritize physical contact, are quick and make long-distance shots.

Pedro Gonçalves stated that the 'Palancas Negras' have arguments to deal with setbacks and respond by attacking decisively.

In statements at the press conference, cited by Angop, the national coach recognized the demands that will be imposed by Cameroon due to their quality, however, he said he trusts the work of the national team, regardless of the opponent's experience, adding that it will be an extremely challenging game and the fact that Angola will play at home could be crucial because of the public's support.

The national team is also motivated to win the game. This is said by the captain of the 'Palancas Negras', Fredy Ribeiro, who said there is a desire to reach first place in the group and become closer to qualifying.

In addition to wanting to please the national fans, who have been very supportive of the team, the team will face the game with determination, aiming to win against a difficult opponent, but possible to overcome, adding that there has been dialogue about the need to rectify mistakes which occurred in the last game against Essuatine, in which Angola won 1-0, writes Angop.

The fact that Cameroon are a difficult opponent was also recognized by Núrio Fortuna. However, he added that since the game will be at home, Angola will enter with all their "strength" to win. Lucas João also showed the determination of the national team, who promised dedication and desire to win.

Tickets for this Tuesday's game have a variable cost between 1000 and 18 thousand kwanzas. Thus, tickets for the general stand cost 1000 kwanzas, those for the east central VIP stand cost 15 thousand kwanzas (entitlement to five drinks) and for the west VIP stand cost 18 thousand kwanzas (entitlement to eight drinks), being expired at the Angolan Football Federation, Casa da Juventude, etc.

In terms of predictions, fans of both Cameroon and Angola predict that it will be a difficult match.

In the general history of meetings between the two teams, Angola has three wins and Cameroon five, while the number of draws in games between the two countries corresponds to seven.

This Tuesday's match will be the seventh between the two countries since they faced each other in 2000 for the Japan and South Korea World Cup qualifiers. According to Angop, since that year the 'Palancas Negras' have still not managed to surpass the result of three balls to zero, recorded in the match counting for the first round of the qualifiers, played in the capital of Cameroon (Yaoundé), and which is to date, the country's biggest defeat against Cameroon, in the total of 15 games.

In the second round, the country emerged victorious (2001), but by a smaller score, scoring 2-0, in a game played at the Cidadela stadium and where Akwá and Quinzinho scored, with the opposing team eventually qualifying for the world championship.

Remember that last Friday, the national team beat their counterpart Essuatine 1-0, in Luanda, in the third qualifying round for the 2026 World Cup.

In Luanda, the hosts, coached by Portuguese coach Pedro Gonçalves, benefited from an early goal from Mabululu, after just two minutes, to add the three points and their first victory at this stage, after two draws in the first rounds.

Also playing at home, at the Zimpeto stadium (in Maputo), Mozambique benefited from goals from Alfons Amade (14 minutes) and Stanley Ratifo (29) to record their second victory, against Somalia, in three games, but occupying the fourth place with six points, the same as the top trio (Algeria, Guinea and Uganda). Ismail Shirwa reduced the score for Somalia, at 66, but did not avoid defeat and last place in the group, still without points, the result of three defeats in three games.

Currently the group D is led by Cameroon (seven points), followed by Libya (seven points) and Angola (five points).

It should be noted that the country is looking for a second presence in a World Cup, after having participated in the 2006 competition, held in Germany.


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