Mozambique coach names squad for Portugal camp and friendlies

Mozambique coach Luis Goncalves has named his squad for the scheduled friendly matches against Angola and Guinea-Bissau to be played in Lisbon, Portugal next month.

The Mambas are hoping to camp in Lisbon from September 30-October 16, though will only be joined by their overseas contingent from Oct. 5, and have scheduled matches against Guinea-Bissau (Oct. 8) and Angola (Oct. 13).

The games will be used as preparation for the home and away Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Cameroon in November.

Goalkeeper Texeira, defenders Fidel, Bonera and Tununo, and midfielders Ricardo Mondlane and Xirasse are all new names in the squad selected by Goncalves, which also features some old heads such as winger Elias Pelembe and left-back Edmilson Dove.

“The opponents are competitive teams that will cause us problems and will demand our best from us. I have no doubt about that,” Goncalves said, adding they were grateful for the opportunity to get matches in.

“We also have to be aware that, and I usually joke, when I go to the restaurant I ask for the menu and choose what I want to eat. Sometimes it is not always possible to choose (opponents) in an ideal way.

“We have to find opponents that are available, that it is possible to play, and of course we try to get as close as possible to our future opponent, but at this stage I am more concerned with our team, with our processes and procedures, because we are in a very special situation [with COVID-19].”

Mozambique squad:

Goalkeepers: Guirrugo (União Desportiva de Songo), Frenque (Ferroviário de Maputo), Victor (Costa do Sol), Teixeira (Associação Black Bulls)

Defenders: Infren (União DSongo), Fidel (Associação Black Bulls), Bheu (União Desportiva de Songo), Zainadine (Marítimo), Sidique (União Desportiva de Songo), Salomão (Costa do Sol), Mexer (FC Bordeaux), Bonera (Marítimo), Jeitoso (Ferroviário de Maputo), Reinildo (Lille), Edmilson (Cape Town City), Tununo (Ferroviário de Maputo)

Midfielders: Kambala (Baroka FC), Ricardo Mondlane (AD Sanjoanense), Nene (Costa do Sol), Xirasse (Associação Black Bulls), Kamo-Kamo (Vitória FC), Telinho (União Desportiva de Songo), Elias Pelembe (Bidvest Wits), Geny (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Kito (Ferroviário de Maputo)

Strikers: Clésio (Zira FK), Luís Miquissone (Simba FC), Nilton (Costa do Sol), Reginaldo (FC Kaysar), Rafito (CFR Pforzheim), Lau King (União Desportiva de Songo), Witi (Nacional de Madeira), Amâncio (Vitória FC), Gildo (Amora)