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Date: 11/24/2017

Coach: Morten Soubak (DEN)


Key Players: Azenaide Carlos (Right back), Juliana Machado (Right wing)


Qualification for Germany 2017: Winners – 2016 CAHB African Women’s Championship


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Angola mean business ahead of Germany 2017 – and Tokyo 2020 – and that business started back in May when new coach, the Dane Morten Soubak, was officially unveiled as the new women’s national team coach.


Soubak is fluent in Portuguese – the language of Angola – thanks to a long coaching career in Brazil at club and national team level where he won the 2011 Pan American Women’s Championship, 2013 IHF Women’s World Championship in Serbia, and finished sixth at the London 2012 Olympic Games and fifth at Rio 2016 before leaving in December 2016.


He has urged his new players to work as hard as possible ahead of Germany for which Angola qualified after winning the African Championships for the 12th time late last year on home soil, winning all their games and claiming their ninth title in the past 10 editions, after beating Tunisia 36:17 in the final.


As part of the Angolan plan looking toward the Tokyo Olympic Games – ‘The Road to 2020’ – he has embraced the future and moved on from the experienced and influential players Natalia Bernardo, Wuta Dombaxe and Luisa Kiala.


With numerous new, and young, players added to his squad, preparation for Germany 2017 has been key for Soubak and back in June, his side participated in a Portuguese training camp, playing current IHF Women’s World Champions Norway twice before moving on to Japan from 1-14 August to play multiple games against the hosts and Poland in the Japanese cities of Fukuoka and Kumamoto, as the two host cities get ready for the 2019 IHF Women’s World Championship.


A disappointing start in Asia saw losses against Japan (29:28) and Poland (30:28), but further games saw them beat the Polish (30:22), thanks to 10 goals from right back Azenaide Carlos – and then the hosts (22:21) in a tournament that was hit by severe weather.


At the last Women’s IHF World Championships, Denmark 2015, Angola could only manage two group wins (38:23 vs Cuba, 32:29 vs China), before losing in the eighth-finals against Montenegro (38:28) in a match where Bernardo scored 11 times.


However, Soubak would have seen first-hand how impressive Angola were at Rio 2016 as they finished with their best-ever performance, winning two games in the group stage, in their opener against a Cristina Neagu-led Romania (23:19), and then against Montenegro, winning 27:25.


They eventually finished eighth out of 12 teams overall, losing to gold medallists Russia 31:27 in the quarter-final. Their previous highest result, since debuting at Atlanta 1996, was seventh in the USA but it occurred when there were only eight teams in the women’s handball competition.


As part of their final preparations for Germany 2017, Angola participate in the 12th edition of the ‘Razel-Bec’ Tournament, which is held at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, France from 24-26 November.


They face fellow Germany 2017 group opponents Slovenia on 24 November and then a second match on 26 November against either the hosts, France, Tunisia or Slovenia, again.


You can follow the Angola women’s team at Germany 2017 through their website www.faandebol.com and their Facebook channel.


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Group A – ARENA Trier, Trier

France, Romania, Spain, Slovenia, Angola, Paraguay


Games at Germany 2017:

All times local


Saturday 2 December:              ESP-ANG (20:30)

Sunday 3 December:                ANG-FRA (18:00)

Tuesday 5 December:               SLO-ANG (14:00)

Thursday 7 December:              ROU-ANG (18:00)

Friday 8 December:                  ANG-PAR (14:00)