Former Angola international Quinzinho passes away

Joaquim Alberto da Silva, better known as Quinzinho, a former Angola striker who scored the first goal for the Southern African side at the Cup of Nations in South Africa in 1996, died on Monday in Alverca, Portugal.

At the time of his death, aged only 45, Quinzinho was working as physical trainer at Vilafranquense, a third tier team in Portugal. He reportedly collapsed while out jogging and died of a cardiac arrest.

Starting his career at little known Rodoviario in Angola, Quinzinho was then transferred to Atletico Sport Aviação, ASA in the Angolan top division before moving to Portugal, where he played for Porto, winning two Portuguese league titles.

During his seven-year spell with the Angola national team, Quinzinho earned 40 caps, scoring nine goals. He played at two Cup of Nations finals, also appearing in Burkina Faso in 1998.

His son, Xande Silva, plays for West Ham United’s U23 team in England.