When The Black Antelopes declared their twenty three man squad, there were no surprises even with an uncapped player in the team (Wilson Alegre). Manuel Jose featured a vast age range of Angolan talent including the experienced forward Manucho who plays for the Spanish club Real Valladolid and home grown stopper Lama.
Despite there being more home grown talent in Angola, Manuel Jose has called upon the experience of his foreign based players to give the hosts a chance of success. The Portuguese manger has called up eleven foreign players to help his silverware chase.
Here is the twenty three man squad that Jose has named:
GK: Lamá (Petro Atlético), Carlos Fernandes Rio Ave), Wilson Alegre (Caála)
DF: Manuel Jamuana (Petro Atlético), Enoque Guilherme (Santos), Dias Caires (Sagrada Esperança), Kali (Unattached), Djalma Campos (Marítimo), Rui Marques (Leeds United)
MF: Davíd (Petro Atlético), Ricardo Job (Petro Atlético), Xara (Petro Atlético), Francisco Zuela (Kuban Krasnodar), Sebastião Gilberto (Al-Ahly), Zé Kalanga (Dinamo Bucureşti), Dédé (Timişoara), Stélvio (U.D. Leiria), Mabiná (Petro Atlético)
FW: Mantorras (Benfica), Johnson Macaba (C.R.D. Libolo), Flávio Amado (Al-Shabab), Love (1º de Agosto), Manucho © (Real Valladolid)
Although the hosts have a twenty three man squad, one man is certain to shine in this years tournament, the captain Manucho. The ex Manchester United and Petro Atletico striker has so far scored fourteen goals for his nation in under thirty caps. When at Petro Atletico, Manucho proved his dominance in front of goal with a goal ratio of a goal in every two matches for his home club. In addition, whilst the Angolan ace was at Old Trafford, he was loaned out to the Greek club Panathinaikos where he scored four goals in only seven games prompting this seasons Cup Of Nations to be Manucho’s time to shine and he won’t be an easy player to control for any team.
I believe that Manuel Jose’s mixture of youth and senior talent will give the home nation the best chance they could hope for at pushing for a first piece of silverware. I think that Jose’s side won’t be an easy side to beat especially with their attacking power but aren’t the strongest side in the tournament.