30 December 2013

Mozambique Unveil Chan Squad

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South Africa's midfielder, Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Mozambique have unveiled a 23-man squad for next year's Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) billed from 11 January to 1 February, in South Africa.

Coach Joao Chissano has gone for a blend of youth and experience for the Mambas' maiden participation at the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues.

Veteran defender Dario Khan, Miro, Gabito and Alvarito are amongst the experienced players in the Mozambican squad expected to team up with youngsters such as Maninho and Diogo to aid their quest of a better outing.

Mozambican champions, Liga Muculmana and rivals Costa do Sol have five players each in the squad whilst Ferroviario de Maputo, Maxaquene and Ferroviario de Beira are represented by three players each.

According to the Mozambican Football Federation, the Mambas are expected to leave for Johannesburg on Thursday, January 2, and scheduled to play DR Congo two days later in a test game.

The Southern African will wrap up their preparations with a friendly against Libya on Tuesday, January 7, in the South African capital.

Mozambique are housed in Group A alongside hosts South Africa, Mali and Nigeria.

Full squad

Goalkeepers: Pinto (Ferroviario de Maputo), Victor (Desportivo de Nacala), Soarito (HCB Songo)

Defenders: João Mazive, Dário Khan, Dito (Costa do Sol), Chico II, Miro (Liga Muculmana), Chico I (Ferroviario de Maputo), Gabito (Maxaquene)

Midfielders: Josemar, Imo (Liga Muculmana), Alvarito (Costa do Sol), Diogo (Ferroviario de Maputo), Kito (Maxaquene), Nelito (Ferroviario da Beira), Lanito (Desportivo de Maputo)

Forwards: Sonito (Liga Muculmana), Manuelito II (Costa do Sol), Isac (Maxaquene), Maninho, Mario (Ferroviario da Beira), Belito (Ferroviario de Nampula)

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