CAN2022: National Squad looking for "miracle" in two games

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Luanda - Far from qualifying for the African Nations Cup (CAN2022), to be held in Cameroon, the Angolan national football team play Thursday, in Banjul, Gambia, for the fifth round of Group D of the continental competition.

The situation of the Black Antelopes (nickname of the Angolan soccer squad) is so difficult that, practically, only a "miracle" will put them in the final phase of the continent's biggest national teams competition.

After four rounds of matches, Angola occupy the last position with one point, in the series co-lead by Gambia and Gabon with seven points, while the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in third place with six.

The national team must win the two remaining matches by more than two goals, preferably without conceding any goal, and wait for Gambia and Gabon, in both matches, to lose against DR Congo, but even so, it will depend on what the competitors "produce" in terms of goals.

If this scenario comes true, DR Congo will be in first place in the group, with 12 points, while Angola, Gambia and Gabon will have seven each and will enter the "goal-average" fight to define the runners-up.

The coefficient of goals (scored and conceded) at this stage is painful for the Black Antelopes, having scored two and conceded six. They have a record of four goals against.

The defeats by 1-3, in Luanda, against Gambia, 1-2, in Libreville, against Gabon, and 0-1, in Luanda, against DR Congo, as well as the null draw with the latter, in Kinshasa, do not help much and force the coach Pedro Gonçalves and his men to a lot of calculations, effort and wishes.

The situation of the Black Antelopes (nickname of the Angolan soccer squad) is so difficult that, practically, only a "miracle" will put them in the final phase of the continent's biggest national teams competition.

After four rounds of matches, Angola occupy the last position with one point, in the series co-lead by Gambia and Gabon with seven points, while the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in third place with six.

The national team must win the two remaining matches by more than two goals, preferably without conceding any goal, and wait for Gambia and Gabon, in both matches, to lose against DR Congo, but even so, it will depend on what the competitors "produce" in terms of goals.

If this scenario comes true, DR Congo will be in first place in the group, with 12 points, while Angola, Gambia and Gabon will have seven each and will enter the "goal-average" fight to define the runners-up.

The coefficient of goals (scored and conceded) at this stage is painful for the Black Antelopes, having scored two and conceded six. They have a record of four goals against.

The defeats by 1-3, in Luanda, against Gambia, 1-2, in Libreville, against Gabon, and 0-1, in Luanda, against DR Congo, as well as the null draw with the latter, in Kinshasa, do not help much and force the coach Pedro Gonçalves and his men to a lot of calculations, effort and wishes.