PUMA News Archive
Last Saturday, Puma Football attended the opening ceremony and tournament's first game between the host nation and Mali in the capital city of Luanda. The experience was unforgettable. Acrobats, fireworks and raucous rhythms dazzled and delighted the 40,000 strong crowd but in terms of spectacle nothing quite matched the brilliantly insane fans.
Stepping out of his fire engine red jeep in his red loafers and red jeans, you can't miss Luanda's local hero, Gil Gomes. Wherever he goes, everyone wants to shake his hand, say hello and take his picture.
One of 11 brothers and sisters, he made his name as a flamboyant striker who wore the number 10 for Benfica and Portugal. With his trademark crimson clothes, gel wet jerry curls and easy smile he has the air of an Angolan Ronaldinho, although with far better teeth, and the people of Luanda love him for it.
"I do not have juju! Only God has juju!"
Ghana superfan Samuel Aggrey is not happy. He claims the Angolan police smashed his ceremonial pot following the Black Stars' victory over Burkina Faso because they suspected him of being a witch doctor. PUMA Football arranged to meet the man Ghanaians call "Obuor" or "Stone" to find out the truth.
There are few things in life quite as terrifying as your first day at school. So when PUMA Football got the chance to ride on the Angola team bus after the Black Antelopes drew 0-0 with Algeria and qualified for the quarterfinals of the African Cup of Nations, all those childhood memories of sweaty-palmed angst came flooding back.
"MA-LA-WA-SA-LAM! MA-LA-WA-SA-LAM! MA-LA-WA-SA-LAM!" That was the chant PUMAFootball was yelling at the top of its voice last night as we jumped around in the back of a packed pickup truck. Don't ask us what it means or whether we've got it right, but it made perfect sense yesterday after Angola beat Malawi 2-0 and Lubango exploded into a frenzied and impromptu street party.
After Angola vs Mali when the host nation miraculously managed to throw away a 4-0 lead PUMAFootball thought the African Cup of Nations couldn't get any more unpredictable. Then it did. Michael Jackson moonwalked on to the pitch during Ivory Coast vs Burkina Faso.