14 January 2013

Angola: National Team Ready for Competition - Coach

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Fernando Varela of Cape Verde scores with a header, helping his team make history by qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals in their first Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Johannesburg — The coach of Angola's national team of football, Gustavo Ferrin, said he has the squad built for the kick-start of the Orange African Cup of Nation (AFCON).

The coach was speaking at a press conference called to analyse the attitude of his players during the game with Botswana won by the former by 2-0.

He said he has made all alterations to test all players available.

"We have seen Manucho Gonçalves playing most of the match, Djalma did his first match, he did well despite he is recovering from a lesion, as well as other athletes. This means to say that the team is physically well and prepared to face the competition with dignity," he stressed.

As to goalkeeper Lamá who got injured in the first half of the match, Gustavo Ferrin said he will undergo an ex-ray test to establish his condition.

Lamá got injured during a friendly match with Botswana's national team, as part of the preparation for the Orange African Cup of Nations (AFCON2013) kick-starting on January 19 in South Africa.

Angola will start the competition on January 19 at Johannesburg Soccer City stadium, with Morocco, in a match of group A that includes South Africa and Cape Verde.

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