Luanda — The striker Nando Rafael, who plays for Fortuna Dusseldorf team, in Germany, has said that his absence from the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON2013)- which will start on 19 January, in South Africa- is due to a personal initiative aimed at safeguarding his professional career.
On an interview to the Angolan "A Bola" newspaper the player said that he has informed his decision to the Angolan Football Federation (FAA), which was understood, reason why he was released from the commitment to the national team.
The striker reminded that the start of the season was complicated for him, since he played very little, reason why he took the decision to focus more on fulfilling the contract with Fortuna Dusseldorf, which stipulates that the player must play a certain number of games.
"It was my decision. I have a complex contract with Fortuna Dusseldorf, namely regarding the number of games I have to play for me to be able to renew the contract and even earn more (...). That is, after analysing several factors, I said to the federation this was not the best time to leave my club", he explained.
The player stressed that he is going through a crucial moment and that competition is strong, adding that if he joined the national team in the AFCON2013 he would run the risk of losing his start player position.