Posts Tagged ‘Sports’

Sol, mar e… surf!

May 14, 2011

180 km separam Luanda de Cabo Ledo. A estrada que nos leva em direcção ao Sul do país, com cenários magníficos, é motivo de inspiração. Muitos são os que optam pela descontração de locais como a Ilha do Mussulo, do Rio Kwanza e seus Lodges ou então pela paisagem do Miradouro da Lua, nós, fomos um pouco mais além. Aproveitamos para conhecer melhor Cabo Ledo e os seus “surfistas”. Rapazes com idades compreendidas entre os 12 e 22 anos que, fazem do surf a sua forma de sustento. Mais…..

Fishing in Angola

March 14, 2010

Great post about fishing in Angola here

Angola seeking future for football stadia

February 3, 2010


By Louise Redvers  – BBC News, Luanda, Angola



With the football over and the last players and journalists making their long and expensive journeys home, Cup of Nations host Angola is now faced with a new challenge – how to avoid the Athens-effect. Built by Chinese construction companies at a cost of $600m (£380m) the four super-modern facilities, which seat between 20,000 and 50,000 people are now empty. More………….

Kitesurfing off the Ilha in Luanda

January 23, 2010

Gustykite is a kitesurfing school that operates close to Jango Veleiro on the Ilha. Their website is in Portuguese at the moment though it says English is to follow.

Escola de kitesurf em Luanda

January 23, 2010

A Praia de Jango Veleiro recebe a primeira escola de kitesurf em Luanda, a GUSTYKITE Angola, que dispõe de instrutores certificados e material adequado permitindo uma aprendizagem rápida e segura. Também as condições naturais são ideais para o ensino de kitesurf, podendo encontrar desde lagoas com baixa profundidade a praias com ondas perfeitas.

São Silvestre race today in Luanda

December 31, 2009

Competitors from 17 countries will take part in the 10km São Silvestre race in Luanda today. It begins at 1700 from the Largo da Mutamba, then passes along Rua Amílcar Cabral, Largo Serpa Pinto, da Maianga, Revolução de Outubro, Túnel do Prenda, Avenida Ho-Chi-Min, Largo da Amizade, Largo das Heroínas, Largo 1º de Maio, Comandante Valódia, Largo do Kinaxixe, Rua da Missão, Rua Cirilio da Conceição, Avenida 4 de Fevereiro, Largo do Baleizão, Manuel Fernando Caldeira and Francisco das Necessidades before ending a the Coqueiros stadium.

São Silvestre family run – the route

December 31, 2009

Today’s 3km family run will begin at 1600 in front of the Port. The route then heads along the Marginal towards the Ilha, turning left  onto Rua Manuel Fernando Caldeiro,  then Rua Francisco das Necessidades  and finishes at the Estádio dos Coqueiros. Over a thousand runners are expected to take part.


Roads closed in Luanda 30 and 31 December

December 30, 2009

Expect more traffic chaos than usual today and tomorrow as some main roads are closed and parking restricted in preparation for the São Silvestre race on 31 December.

Angola’s hosting of African Cup of Nations boosts revival from civil war

December 27, 2009

 The arrival of the continent’s premier football tournament is a vote of confidence in a nation once seen as beyond hope but which is now courted by superpowers. Read the rest of this article from the The Observer, Sunday 27 December 2009.

Registration for the São Silvestre run now closed for foreigners

December 24, 2009

Registration by foreigners to compete in  the 31 December São Silvestre run has now closed. Registration for Angolan runners continues. No Brits registered! Que pena! The 10km run starts at  Largo da Mutamba (baixa de Luanda)  and finishes at the Estádio dos Coqueiros. Expect traffic chaos as roads are closed from midday onwards on the 31st.

Visas for the CAN 2010 football championship in Angola

December 24, 2009

The Angolan authorities have now published detailed guidance on how to obtain a visa if you are planning on visiting Angola for the CAN 2010 football championship in January. I’m not a visa expert and my Portuguese is not perfect (expecially when reading legal Portuguese), but it looks like visitors will need a letter of invitation from the various football authorities (CAF or CAN and/or a travel agent). But please do not take my word for it as I may have mistranslated some of it.  The relevant extract of the guidance is ”

  • Do processo de requerimento do visto de permanência temporária ou de turismo deverá obrigatoriamente apresentar: 
  • a)  Documento da CAF, COCAN ou outra estrutura do COCAN, que funcionam como carta de chamada e de validade da empresa de turismo, onde consta os seguintes elementos:……………..

    The full guidance is on the COCAN website

    What is clear is that if you plan to travel to Angola for the CAN you need to apply ASAP for your visa.

    If you can help with a more authoritative interpretation of this particular paragraph of the rules, please let me know.

    Now updated – see post dated 28 December above.

    Gifts for an Angolan Christmas: A Sort-of Soccer Story

    December 22, 2009

    This story—mostly true barring the vagaries of memory—is something that started as a Christmas letter.  Now, with the Africa Cup of Nations about to begin,  the author has  re-written it in hopes a few fans of the game might be interested in some experiences of Angola outside the stadiums. Read the full story here…………….

    A busy day for Angola in Luanda and London

    November 21, 2009

    Whilst the football world’s attention was focussed on the CAN 2010 draw at the  Talatona conference centre in Luanda yesterday, British fans of all things Angolan celebrated  the launch of the Bradt Guide to Angola at a vibrant reception in London attended by VIPs including  HE The Angolan Ambassador to the UK, former British Ambassadors to Angola and the Managing Director of Bradt Travel Guides.

    Angola prepares glitzy show for Nations Cup draw

    November 18, 2009

    LUANDA — Pop stars, politicians and a president are among those expected to attend the African Nations Cup draw being staged by tournament host Angola here on Friday. Full story………..

    Building Stadiums: Angola, China, and the African Cup of Nations

    November 17, 2009

    Read this interesting article from the Pitch Invasion website

    CAN 2010 : COCAN coordena preparativos finais para o sorteio

    November 16, 2009

    Primeira cerimónia solene da Taça de África das Nações Orange – Angola 2010 acontece na próxima sexta-feira, dia 20 de Novembro, em Luanda. Continua………..

    Roll call for Angola CAN 2010 set

    November 15, 2009

    The roll call for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Angola 2010, is now set. The final four places for the continent’s showpiece soccer event was finalized after the ultimate round of matches for the 2010 World Cup/Orange Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Saturday. Full story…………

    World football figures expected for international conference

    November 11, 2009

    ANGOP: Luanda – Three well known names of the world football will attend next week in Luanda an international conference jointly promoted by the weekly “Novo Jornal” and the Angolan Football Federation (FAF).

    They are brazilian coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari (world champion for Brazil in 2002), Liberian George Weah (best world player in 1996) and retired Italian referee, Pierluigi Collina, who are expected to speak about their respective experiences.

    The director of “Novo Jornal”, Victor Silva, said that the conference “football beyond the results” to take place on November 17 at the Futungo II Complex is under the framework of the African Nations Cup Orange-Angola 2010 and is aimed at promoting Angola worldwide.

    According to Victor Silva the event will be addressed by some angolan government officials as the youth and sports minister, Gonçalves Muandumba, planning minister, Ana Dias Lourenço, and Luanda province governor, Francisca Espírito Santo, who will speak on the importance of the african championship and the advantages of the competition to their portfolios.

    He stated that the conference will combine the personal experience of  reknowned world football personalities and the vision of angolan sports leaders and politicians on the contribution of football to the country’s development.

    The meeting is also aimed at putting Angolain the route of world conferences despite of promoting a reflexion on the importance of the great sports event in the angolan society.

    The african nations cup will take place from January 10 to 31 in the provinces of Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda and Huila.

    Around Angola Bicycle Tour Competition

    October 21, 2009

    The Angolan Cycling Federation is to hold an around Angola bicycle competition between 8 and 13 November. The stages are:

    08/11 – Leave for Huambo

    09/11 – (30 quilómetros) Largo académico do Huambo

    10/11    (183 kms) Huambo/Waku Kungo (Kwanza Sul)

    11/11 – (87 kms) Waku Kungo/Quibala

    12/11 – (146 kms) Quibala/Dondo (Kwanza Norte)

    13/11 – (175 kms) Dondo/Largo da Independência (Luanda)

    See press release (in Portuguese) for further info

    GP internacional 11 de Novembro no ensaio da Volta a Angola em bicicleta

    October 21, 2009

    Luanda- Como ensaio para Volta a Angola em bicicleta, a Federação Angolana de Ciclismo (FACI) realiza de 08 a 13 de Novembro a primeira edição do Grande Prémio Internacional 11 de Novembro, informou hoje à Angop o secretário-geral da instituição, João Francisco. Leia mais…………….