The first day of Angola’s biggest sports competition kicks off Friday (today), when Clube Desportivo da Huila and Fc 11 Bravos do Maquis of Moxico have the honor of lifting the curtain at the Ferrovia stadium at 3 pm in Lubango.
On Saturday, the matches continues with 3 more games, all Games begin at 3 PM, Sagrada Esperança and Interclube de Angola will warm up Lunda Norte City, in Cabinda the local Sporting hosts Recreativo do Libolo, while Petro de Luanda, runner-up, The title rescue mission begins by baptizing Newcomer Williete in Benguela at Ombaka Stadium.
The inaugural day ends with the return of 1° de Maio from Benguela and the Académica do Lobito starring a scorching Derby in their province. As for the Huambo representatives, Recreativo da Caála travels to Uige to face Santa Rita de Cássias while the Ferrovia which returns to the First Division after more than 30 years, begins its home journey against Kuando Kubango FC , at 3 PM, like all games.
The four-time champion 1° de Agosto starts defending the title only on August 20, on matchday two, against Desportivo da Huíla, after Progresso do Sambizanga his opponent on matchday one has called for the postponement of the match on a date to announce.
The Girabola Zap 2019/20 has 16 teams, with Luanda province being the largest supplier with 4 representatives (1° de Agosto, Petro de Luanda, Progresso Sambizanga and Interclube), followed by Benguela with 3 representatives (Williet, Acadêmica do Lobito and 1 ° de Maio) and Huambo with two (Recreativo da Caála and Ferrovia). Uíge (Santa Rita), Kuando Kuando (Kuando Kuando FC), Cabinda (Sporting de Cabinda), Lunda Norte (Sagrada Esperança), Moxico (11 Bravos Maquis) and Cuanza Sul (Recreativo do Libolo) are represented by only one team.
It should be noted that the great absent of this edition is the Palanca champion Kabuscorp in 2013, which was relegated to the second division by order of FIFA.