Jamba (footballer)

Jamba (footballer)

João Pereira, better known as Jamba (born 10 July 1977 in Benguela, Angola), is an Angolan football central defender who plays for Petro Atlético. He is a member of the national team, and was called up to the 2006 World Cup. He has played in 29 straight international competitions for Angola, making him a leader on an otherwise young club. In April 2006, his performances were acknowledged when he was voted Angola’s best home-based player in a national radio poll.

Jamba is an archetype of old fashioned defending. He is often very reliable and consistent.

His nickname, "Jamba," means "Elephant" in Umbundu, a language spoken in Angola near the south.

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