Angola pick Guilherme Afonso in final Nations Cup squad

Guilherme Afonso

Former under-21 Switzerland striker Guilherme Afonso has made the final cut for Angola's 23-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 27-year-old had been a surprise selection by coach Gustavo Ferrin.

He is one of seven European-based players selected, while Ferrin has left out four home-based midfielders.

Ary from Primeiro Agosto, Mabina of Petro Atletico, Paty of InterClube and Ito from Progresso Sambizanga miss out on the tournament in South Africa.

Angola play in Group A with the hosts Bafana Bafana, Cape Verde and Morocco, who they meet first at Soccer City in Johannesburg on 19 January.


Goalkeepers: Lamas (Petro Atletico), Landu (Recreativo Libolo), Neblu (Primeiro Agosto)

Defenders: Amaro, Bastos (Primeiro Agosto), Dani Massunguna (Primeiro Agosto), Fabricio (InterClube), Lunguinha (Kabuscorp), Marco Airosa (AEL Limassol, Cyprus), Mingo Bille, Pirolito (both InterClube), Zuela (Apoel Nicosia, Cyprus)

Midfielders: Dede, Gilberto (both AEL Limassol, Cyprus), Manucho Dinis (Primeiro Agosto), Manuel (AS Aviacao), Miguel (Petro Atletico)

Forwards: Djalma (Kasimpassa, Turkey), Geraldo (Parana, Brazil), Guilherme Afonso (FC Vaduz), Mauncho (Real Valladolid, Spain), Mateus (Nacional, Portugal), Yano (Progresso Sambizanga).