Luanda — Just over a month before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON2013) in football, to happen in South Africa, the striker of the Angolan senior males squad and of Spain's Valladolid, Manucho Gonçalves, is one of the main references of the national team, who have been preparing for the mentioned continental competition.
The international player's current good shape was commended last Sunday by Beto Carmelino, a former national squad striker.
Following last Saturday's Spanish league game, in which Manucho scored two goals, the attention of football aficionados focussed on the national squad striker.
Beto Carmelino, a former player of Angola's Nacional de Benguela, 1Âº de Maio and Atlético Sport Aviação (ASA), said this current stage should be used by Manucho to get tuned up, because goals will be decisive in the continental competition, scheduled for January to February 2013.
"The country gains when its people are well. So with this current shape he will be able to help the national team and if he is well backed by his colleagues he will go far (...)", Beto Carmelino explained.
According to him, the 29-year old Valladolid striker has gained the European competitive level, stressing that "he is with a high physical and sports condition", adding that Manucho has potential and experience.
Beto Carmelino, who is now 45, started his career at the service of Nacional de Benguela and ended his career in Desportivo da Rangol team (today Benfica de Luanda).