Friday Aug 30, 2019. 13:00
Angola have called up four uncapped players, including Portuguese born striker Fabio Abreu and teenage prodigy Zito Luvumba, to their 24-man squad for next week’s World Cup qualifiers against the Gambia.
Caretaker coach Pedro Goncalves, who replaced Srdan Vasiljevic earlier in August, also called up Alem from Petro Atletico and Luanda-born Nurio Fortuna, who was brought up in Portugal, played junior football at Benfica and for Portugal at under-21 level and is now at Charleroi in Belgium.
The 17-year-old Luvumbo, who had a trial at Manchester United’s academy in February, has been regularly linked in recent months with a move to a European club while 25-year-old Fabio Abreu is from Moreirense. He is Lisbon born but his parents from Angola.
Angola will have to do without defender Bruno Gaspar and Clinton Mata and long-standing attacker Djalma Campos, who have all been omitted.
They play the first leg of their tie in Banjul on Friday, September 6 with the return at Luanda’s November 11 Stadium on Tuesdday, September 10.
Goalkeepers: Ndulo (Desportivo Huila), Toni Cabaca (Primeiro Agosto), Landu (Bravos do Maquis)
Defenders: Bastos (Lazio, Italy), Dani Massunguna (Primeiro Agosto), Eddie Afonso (Petro Atletico), Isaac (Primeiro Agosto), Nandinho (Progresso Sambizanga), Nurio Fortuna (Charleroi, Belgium), Paizo (Primeiro Agosto), Wilson Gaspar (Petro Atletico)
Midfielders: Alem (Petro Atletico), Fredy (Antalyaspor, Turkey), Herenilson (Petro Atletico), Macaia (Primeiro Agosto), Show (Lille, France)
Forwards: Fabio Abreu (Moreirense, Portugal), Mabululu (Primeiro Agosto), Geraldo (Al Ahly, Egypt), Mateus Galiano (Boavista, Portugal), Va (Pafos, Cyprus), Wilson Eduardo (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Yano (Petro Atletico), Zito Luvumbo (Primeiro Agosto).