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Angola aim for fairytale quarterfinal upset against Super Eagles

Angola aim for fairytale quarterfinal upset against Super Eagles

Fredy, the skipper of the Palancas Negras, has set his sights on a victory against the Super Eagles in the AFCON quarterfinals, not just for the team’s glory, but to bring pure joy to the Angolan people.

Angola have been the surprise package of the tournament, topping Group D and cruising through Namibia 3-0 in the Round of 16. Just like Nigeria, they remain unbeaten, but unlike the Super Eagles, they’ve blasted their way through opponents, scoring nine goals in four matches compared to Nigeria’s five.

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For Fredy, the victories transcend mere results. “Our people are dancing, celebrating,” he told the BBC per “The whole country is buzzing, but life in Angola is tough. These victories bring happiness, and that fills us with pride.”

He emphasizes the power of football to lift spirits. “Winning for the fans is our biggest motivation,” says Fredy. “Some of us have experienced different realities, but we know many back home struggle for basic necessities. Every win sends them to bed happy. It’s not ideal, but it’s something we can offer.”

Nigeria will need to be mindful of Angola’s potent attack. With Dala Gelson (4 goals) and Job Mabululu (3 goals) terrorizing defenses, and Fredy himself leading the assist charts (3), the Palancas Negras pack a powerful punch.

This is Angola’s maiden journey into the AFCON quarterfinals, and they aim to extend the fairytale with another historic victory. The clash against the Super Eagles promises to be a battle of grit and determination, with the joy of a nation hanging in the balance.

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