Bafana Bafana get ready to meet Angola and Guinea Bissau in SA
Angola have recalled former Manchester United striker Manucho for their clash with Bafana Bafana in East London next week, while Guinea Bissau will be bringing the bulk of their squad from the recent Africa Cup of Nations finals for Saturday’s friendly international against SA in Durban.
There is only one new player on the list for Djurtus (wild dogs) of Guinea Bissau‚ who enjoyed fairytale qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Gabon and then won more admirers with their draw with the hosts in the opening game in Libreville, in January.
They have dropped five players from that 23-man squad‚ including former captain Bucundji Ca‚ who did not play any of their three games in Gabon‚ where they ultimately finished at the bottom of group A.
First-choice goalkeeper Jonas Mendy was a noticeable absentee along with French-born striker Frederick Mendy‚ who played his club football in South Korea.
There is a first call-up for 20-year-old Sori Mane‚ who is from Olhanense in the Portuguese second division.
The Guineas Bissau squad was gathering in Portugal on Tuesday before flying to SA.
Angola‚ who first meet Mozambique at the weekend before crossing the border into SA‚ have Manucho back for the first time in three years in their 21-man squad‚ the first to be picked by new coach Beto Bianchi.
The 34-year-old Manucho‚ who now plays for Rayo Vallecano in the second tier of Spanish league football‚ moved to Old Trafford after a sparkling showing at the 2008 African Cup of Nations finals in Ghana.
But he only played one game for the Red Devils before going to Greece and Hull City on loan.
He had a long-standing fall-out with the Angolan Football Federation that now looks to have been resolved.
Angola are without the injured trio of Gelson Dala from Sporting Lisbon‚ Djalma Campos of Greek club PAOK Salonika and first-choice goalkeeper Dominique.
• Guinea Bissau
Goalkeepers: Papa Masse Mbaye Fall (CD Orellana Costa Dulce‚ Spain)‚ Edouard Mendy (Stade Reims‚ France)
Defenders: Mamadu Cande (unattached)‚ Rudinilson Silva (Utenis Utana‚ Lithuania)‚ Agostinho Soares (Sporting Covilha‚ Portugal)‚ Juary Soares (Mafra‚ Portugal)‚ Tomas Dabo (Farense‚ Portugal)
Midfielders: Abdu (Olhanense‚ Portugal)‚ Francisco Júnior (Stromsgodset‚ Norway)‚ Naní (Felgueiras‚ Portugal)‚ Zezinho (Levadiakos‚ Greece)
Strikers: Aldair (Olhanense‚ Portugal)‚ Abel Camara (Belenenses‚ Portugal)‚ João Mário (Chaves‚ Portugal)‚ Sori Mane (Olhanense‚ Portugal)‚ Piqueti (Sporting Braga B‚ Portugal)‚ Sana (Academica Viseu‚ Portugal)‚ Toni Brito (Levadiakos‚ Greece)
Goalkeepers: Gerson (Petro Atletico)‚ Neblu (InterClube)
Defenders: Bastos (Lazio‚ Italy)‚ Eddy (Recreativo Libolo)‚ Isaac (Primeiro Agosto)‚ Lunguinha (Progresso Sambizanga)‚ Nary (Kabuscorp)‚ Natael (Primeiro Agosto)
Midfielders: Bua (Primeiro Agosto)‚ Jonathan Buatu (Waasland-Beveren‚ Belgium)‚ Herenilson (Petro Atletico)‚ Dudu Leite (Recreativo Caála)‚ Manguxi (Petro Atletico)‚ Paty‚ Pirolito (both InterClube)
Strikers: Ary Papel (Moreirense‚ Portugal)‚ Fredy (Excelsior Rotterdam‚ Netherlands)‚ Manucho (Rayo Vallecano‚ Spain)‚ Nandinho (Recreativo Libolo)‚ Vá‚ Yano (both Progresso Sambizanga)