Sabino António ends his national team career

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Sabino António ends his national team career
Sabino António ends his national team career

Africa-Press – Angola. Forward Sabino António, from Moxico’s 3 de Dezembro team, ends his career in the National Amputee Football Team, at the end of the World Cup, which has been taking place since last Friday, in the city of Istanbul, Turkey.

The information was provided, on Monday, by the athlete in the village of Riva, in the district of Beykov, in the north of the province of Istanbul, after the match against Italy, referring to the third and final phase of Group F of the World Cup. .

“I will finish my career after the end of the World Cup. The direction of the Angolan Paralympic Committee asked me to close it after an African or World Cup”, said the forward, 40 years old, without giving further details of the decision.

Sabino admitted that he made friends through football, visited many countries and that he currently depends on himself to survive, despite the disability in his right leg.

“I gained a lot of experience and friendship. Football taught me a lot, if I hadn’t practiced, I don’t know what I would have done. I met many countries”, he said, with a little of his personal life, but with emotion.

The forward made his debut in the National Team, in 2008, during the African Championship, in Liberia, a competition in which the Angolans finished in third place.

With the classification obtained, Angola qualified for the final phase of the 13th edition of the World Cup, held in 2010, in the city of Crespo, Argentina.

With the shirt of the national team, the forward scored 27 goals.

Sabino revealed his interest in attending a technical course and realizing his dream of directing the National Team.

“I want to train as a coach. I have a dream of one day becoming the national coach”, he declared. Despite having announced the end of his career in the National Team, Sabino was recently contacted in Istanbul to represent some Turkish clubs. .

In the history, Sabino became national champion 14 times on the 3rd of December, won a world champion trophy and an African one, competitions held in 2018 and 2019, in the cities of Guadalajara (Mexico) and Benguela (Angola).

QUALIFICATIONS
Liberia face Spain in Riva

The selection of Liberia, one of the African representatives in the final phase of the 17th edition of the Football World Cup for Amputees, which takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, will face today with the combined team of Spain, at the TFF premises, in the village of Riva, in challenge for the 17th to 24th stages of the race.

The Africans qualified in third place in Group A, with three points, while the Spaniards were in fourth and last place in the E series, with one.

In the opening round, Liberia lost 4-1 to Haiti, was thrashed in the second round by Turkey, by 5-0, and in the third round they “cylindered” the French counterpart by 5-0.

Spain finished bottom of Group E with one point. In the group stage, the Spaniards drew goalless with Tanzania, another African country, on matchday one of the series. In the second and third rounds, it was thrashed by Uzbekistan and Poland, 3-0, in the town of Riva.

Liberia is, theoretically, favorites to win against a team that has only lost in Group A. Iraq, third in the F series in the group stage, with three points, plays against Germany (4th/00, group B). In another match, France (4th/00, group A) face Indonesia (4th/00, group C) and Ireland (4th/00, group D) face Uruguay (4th/01, group F).

The matches will be played at the premises of the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), in the village of Riva.

Today’s winners will measure forces tomorrow, in the same venue, for the 17th to 20th place qualifiers in the general table of the competition.

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