Angola coach names defensive but attack minded squad for Stars tie

Mar 25, 2011
The Angolan team jetted into Nairobi on Friday evening, just a couple of hours before their match against Kenya’s Harambee stars at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Angola Coach Lito Vidigal has opted for his usual 4-5-1 formation but could easily switch to the classic 4-4-2  where he could make use of the creative  Djalma Campos Mateus Galiano or former Manchester United striker Manucho Goncalves to support the attack.

Except for last minute changes, Vidigal who was unable to travel with all his players due to travel hitches, is set to stick to the following starting eleven which he unveiled in Luanda: Luís Mamona João ‘Lamá’; Danny Afonso Massunguna, Carlos Manuela Alonso ‘Kaly’, Michael Mingo Bille, Adérito de Carvalho ‘Dede’, Dominiqui Kivuvu, Gilbert, Matthew Galiano, Djalma Campos and Manucho Gonçalves.

After guiding his team to the finals of the CHAN in Sudan last month, Vidigal is aware of the huge expectations on the team but warns it will not be easy beating the Stars at home.

"It's an important game for us and victory will leave us in a very comfortable position. But it is also a very crucial game for Kenya, so it will be very difficult, but as always we hope for the best, which is victory.”

The tactician is happy with the players’ response to training in the few days they have been in camp.

" There is definitely a great understanding between us and now we will get to be tested.  But am happy with the positive attitude and spirit of commitment amongst the players and you can genuinely feel the desire and dedication to perform well," he added.

The Angolan coach is however not under any pressure and was quick to dismiss sceptics who claim this match could be the defining moment for the ‘Black Antelopes’.

Football is a high-pressured job. But we should not put any pressure on ourselves because we have played two and this is our third match so our fate cannot be decided as we have other matches ahead. So the only pressure we have is because we want to grow and improve our performance every time.’

Kenya is currently ranked bottom of the group with one point with Angola in third with three points. Group leaders Uganda will be away to Guinea Bissau. 

Evelyn Watta

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