Angola, First to Arrive in South Africa

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African player of the year for 2012 Yaya Toure - seen, left, against Stoppila Sunzu of Zambia at the last Afcon finals - will join Cote d'Ivoire's team at the 2013 finals in South Africa.

Angola left Luanda on Wednesday, December 26 for South Africa in order to prepare the Orange 2013 AFCON. The Uruguayan coach, Gustavo Ferrin took with him 18 of the 27 preselected players, while foreign based players will join the team in the first week of January.

The major change in the list is the inclusion of the little known Afonso Guiherme, a solid attacker who plays for Liechtenstein.

The list of 27

Goalkeepers : John Luis Mamona « Lama » (Petro Atletico), Landu Mavanga « Landu » (Recrativo de Libolo), Adilson Cipriano da Cruz « Neblu » (Primeiro de Agosto)

Defenders : Amandio Felipe Manuel da Costa « Amaro » (Primeiro de Agosto), Marco Sousa Airosa Ibrahim « Marco Airosa » (AEL Limassol/Cypress), Masunguna Alex Afonso « Dany » (Primeiro de Agosto), Luis Antonio dos Santos Serrado « Lunguinha » (Kabuscorp de Palanca), Barthélémy Jacinto Quissanga « Bastos » (Petro Atletico), Fabricio Mafuta « Fabricio » (Inter Clube), Mario Manuel de Oliveira « Ito » (Progresso do Sambizanga), Regal Francisco Conco Zalata « Mingo Bille » (Primeiro de Agosto),

Midfielders: Geraldo Quiame Miguel « Miguel » (Petro Atletico), Felisberto S. Da Graça Amaral « Gilberto » (AEL Limassol/Cypress), Aderito Waldemar Alves de Carvalho « Dede » (AEL Limassol/Chypre), Zuela Francisco Santos « Zuela » (APOEL Nicosie/Cypress), Osvaldo João Paulo Dinis « Dinis » (Primeiro de Agosto), Jose Ilidio Panzo « Pirolito » (Inter Clube), José Pedro Alberto « Mabina » (Petro Atletico), Antonio L. Sapalo Just « Paty » (Inter Clube), David Manuel Afonso « Ary » (Primeiro de Agosto), Hermenegildo Bartolomeu « Geraldo » (Parana/Brazil), Manuel Gaspar da Costa « Manuel » (ASA)

Attackers : Mateus Galiano da Costa « Mateus » (Nacional Madeira/Portugal), Djalma Braune M. Abel Campos « Djalma » (Kasimpasa/Turkey), Contreiras Alberto Mateus « Manucho »( Real Valladolid/Spain), Guilherme Afonso « William » (FC Vaduz/Liechtenstein), Adriano B. Nicolas Duarte « Yano » (Progresso do Sambizanga)

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