Friday, October 12, 2012

Warriors on a mission in Angola

THE Warriors should brace for a tough expedition in Luanda as the Palancas Negras have vowed to wipe out the deficit suffered in the first leg at Rufaro.

Reports from Luanda yesterday indicated that Djalma Campos, who scored Angola's lone goal in their 3-1 defeat to Zimbabwe, is bubbly that they will be able to progress to the finals in South Africa.

Djalma found the target in the second half when he drilled the ball past goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.

The midfielder also caused anxious moments with his penetrative runs as he combined well with former Manchester United player Manucho.

Djalma told Angolan news agency AngoPress that he has the responsibility to ensure that they get the crucial goals.

The player, who is in the books of Turkish side Kasimpasa, also challenged his team-mates to ensure that the Palancas Negras qualify for the finals.

Djalma's team-mate Nando Rafael is also putting a brave face as he expressed optimism of a victory on Sunday.

Striker Rafael said that the team was motivated and will try to do everything in order to reverse the 1-3 loss from the first leg.

He also appealed to their fans to throng the November 11 Stadium to rally behind their team.

But while the Angolans are naturally expressing confidence, their camp was dealt a blow when defender Vado was ruled out of the game on Sunday.

Vado, who plays for local side Recreativo da Caála, sustained a knee injury during a Girabola league match during the week.

Palancas Negras coach Gustavo Ferrin had named Vado amomg the 28 players who were in camp as they prepare to face the Warriors.

Besides Vado, Ferrin has also dropped Diagenes and Abdul who had failed to impress during training.

The duo plays for the Angolan Under-20 team and Ferrin has hinted to Journal De Angola that he now has a hint of his starting line-up.

Yesterday, the Angolans stepped up their preparations by holding two training sessions with the major emphasis being placed on attacking and finishing.

Reports from Luanda indicated that Ferrin had Landu, Lama, Neblú, Lunguinha, Dany Massunguna, Bastos, Miguel, Djalma, Pirolito, Manuel, Kivuvu, Mateus Galiano and Manucho Gonçalves playing for the side with black bibs.

Gomito, Fabricio, Bugo, Paizo, Paty, Castro, Mingo Bille, Manucho Diniz, Geraldo, Nando Rafael and Yano wore green bids.

During training, Ferrin occasionally intervened and pointed to his players to time their passes and exert pressure on the opponents if they lost possession.
By sbue
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