Djalma Campos's goal in a 3-1 defeat in Harare proved invaluable to the Sable Antelopes as they went on to clinch a 2-0 triumph in the second leg to send them through to the finals.
Coach Gustavo Ferrin has some international experience to his name, taking charge of his native Uruguay at Under-17, Under-20 and, briefly, at senior level.
Despite a poor showing at the last tournament, Angola should take some encouragement from reaching the quarter-finals in 2008 and 2010.
Players to watch out for:
Angola's Mr Reliable, the 30-year-old is a relentless presence in midfield. There is plenty of know-how in the squad, but they will look to Gilberto for inspiration as they hope to upset the odds and get out of Group A.
The former Manchester United striker has an impressive record in front of goal for his country, hitting the net 22 times in 44 appearances. Angola will need the 29-year-old to lead the way in attack if they are to oust South Africa or Morocco.
Previous best: Quarter-finals 2008, 2010
Odds to win outright: 40/1
Sports Mole says: Group stages