Player Profile: Jacinto Gelson Dala

Full NameJacinto Gelson Dala
Date of Birth13 July 1996 (Age 27)
Place of Birth Luanda, Angola
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Current ClubAl-Wakrah Sport Club 
Position(s)Attacking Midfielder and Second Striker
Preferred FootRight
Jacinto Gelson Dala
Jacinto Gelson Dala


Jacinto Muondo “Gelson” Dala, born on July 13, 1996, in Luanda, Angola, is a prolific attacker known for his consistency and goal-scoring prowess. Standing at 1.75 meters, Dala operates as an attacking midfielder and second striker, making him a versatile force on the pitch.

Club Career

Currently on loan at Al-Wakrah in the Qatar Stars League from the Portuguese club Rio Ave, Jacinto Gelson Dala has made a significant impact. His time at Al-Wakrah has been marked by splendid performances, showcasing his ability to find the back of the net and contribute to his team’s success.

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International Presence

Representing the Angolan National Team, Dala has been a standout player in the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations. His goal-scoring exploits have been crucial for the Palancas Negras, and even before the quarter-final stage of the competition, Dala has notched up an impressive four goals.

Style of Play

Jacinto Dala is synonymous with a business-like approach on the pitch. Known for converting half-chances into goals, he possesses an uncanny ability to impact the game positively. Beyond goal-scoring, Dala is recognized for providing crucial passes, showcasing his well-rounded skills as an attacking player.

Key Achievements

One of the standout moments in Dala’s recent career was his instrumental role in helping Angola reach the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals after 14 years. In a commanding 3-0 victory over Namibia, Dala’s brace played a pivotal role, marking a historic achievement for the national team.

Jacinto “Gelson” Dala’s consistency, versatility, and knack for delivering in crucial moments make him a player to watch on both the domestic and international football stages. As he continues to make waves in Qatar and beyond, Dala’s impact is poised to shape the future of Angolan football.