Kaizer Chiefs clash with Angola’s football powerhouse Clube Desportivo de Agosto , otherwise known as Primero de Agosto, on Wednesday evening (18h00) in a Caf Champions League tie.
FARPost’s Investigative Unit brings you an analysis of this colossal giant (de Agosto) from Angolan capital, Luanda.
1. Brief history
Primero de Agosto is arguably the biggest club in Angola, and was formed on the 1st August 1977. Similar to the world’s big clubs, like Al Ahly and Real Madrid, it is a sporting club with other sporting codes like Basketball being accommodated.
They are attached to the country’s armed forces and chaired by General Carlos Hendrick, and coached by Paulo Duarte. Their stadium, called 11 de November, has hosted massive games including a tie featuring continental heavyweights TP Mazembe.
Petro de Atletico are their fiercest rivals in the local league (Girabola) and together the two have dominated the championship and participation the CAF competitions.
2. Girabola dominance
Primero de Agosto have dominated the Girabola league and has most league wins than any of their counterparts.
From 2016/2019 they have won four consecutive titles and thus cementing their overall stature is the premier club in Angolan football.
3. CAF record
They have made three appearances in the CAF Confederations Cup between 2009/2011, with two last 16 finishes and a quarterfinal berth in 2011.
Interestingly, de Agosto have had a good participation streak in the Caf Champions League, where they registered 12 appearances between 1997-2019.
Their best showing in the Caf Champions League was in 2009 (quarter-finalist) and 2018 (semi-finalist)
4. Tactical approach
The experience of the Angolans in the tournament suggests that they had the necessary understanding of playing to obtain the results. Primero de Agosto are a hardened and sophisticated outfit capable of playing ugly and smart depending on the occasion and the scoreboard.
Invariably, they have opted to be flexible in their approach of away matches, where a conservative 1-4-4-1-1 attacking system has been adopted. The formation allows them the liberty to balance attack and defense, while catching the opposition on counterattack.
In defense, the Angolans are good in 1v1 aerial combats and will compact their defensive third in a 1-4-5-1 organization.
5. Key players
The team presents a fusion of experience, talented youngsters and internationals adept to the rigorous nature of the Caf Champions League. In the Cameroonian Yazid Atouba, they have a player with knowledge of the South African PSL having played for Maritzburg United.
In Dani Massunguna and Bobo Ungenda they possess a steadfast rearguard with immense experience under their belt.
6. Final Predictions
The Angolans have been inactive for quite sometime, though their continental experience is a huge factor. Gavin Hunt’s Bidvest Wits team lost to Primero de Agosto in 2018, giving the current Chiefs mentor a bit of knowledge of his opponents.
Hence, this tie is too balanced and tight to call, but whoever plays smart and wins their home encounter might go through.
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