Angola Aggro for Boa

Thursday 15 November 2001

Luis Boa Morte has revealed his shock after playing in the farcical friendly against Angola in Lisbon.

The game was abandoned when Angola were left with just six players after four red cards and seven deliberate substitutions.

Angola had three players sent off in the first 26 minutes.

After another dismissal and a rash of changes by coach Mario Calado, Helver Vicente claimed he was injured as his side trailed 5-1.

That left the visitors with just six players and forced the 67th-minute abandonment.

Boa Morte is trying to establish himself on the full international stage. He came on as a 37th-minute sub and scored Portugal's fourth goal.

The Fulham striker is no stranger to controversy himself. He was sent off for head-butting Fabian Wilnis and then diving against Ipswich last month.

But his agent Amadeu Paixco said even the temperamental forward was stunned by events unfolding around him against Angola.

"He's not very happy," said Paixco. "Not because of the football itself, but because the opposition didn't behave themselves.

"They had three people sent off by half time and Luis didn't like it because of those scenes.

"He's never played in a game like that. I read in the papers that the last time there was a game like that was between two South American teams a few years ago."

Despite the rash of wild tackles and ridiculous substitutions, Boa Morte did score a smart fourth goal - and Paixco said his client was delighted with his own form.

"He scored and was happy with his performance" he added. "He's also very happy playing for Fulham."