Galiano to lead Angolan charge

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Mateus Galiano, a striker with Portuguese club Gil Vicente, was a surprise choice in Angola's squad for its first appearance at a World Cup.

Galiano to lead Angolan charge

Luanda, Angola:

Mateus Galiano, a striker with Portuguese club Gil Vicente, was a surprise choice in Angola's squad for its first appearance at a World Cup. Coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves, announcing his 23-man squad, included the speedy 21-year-old among six forwards. Galiano scored two goals in four appearances in the Portuguese championship last season. He made his debut for Angola last month and scored twice in two Cosafa Cup games. Galiano will be competing for a place alongside Angola's two top stars - forwards Pedro Mantorras of Portugal's Benfica and Fabrice Akwa, who is currently out of contract. Seven members of the squad play in Portugal, Angola's former colonial ruler. Five of those are at Second Division sides. Angola's opening Group D game is against Portugal in Cologne on June 11. The group also includes Mexico and Iran. Squad: Goalkeepers: Joao Ricardo (no club), Lama (Petro de Luanda), Mario (Inter de Luanda). Defenders: Lebo Lebo (Petro de Luanda), Delgado (Petro de Luanda), Jamba (ASA), Loco (Primeiro de Agosto), Kali (Barreirense), Marco Airosa (Barreirense), Marco Abreu (Portimonense), Rui Marques (Leeds United). Midfielders: Ze Kalanga (Petro de Luanda), Miloy (Inter de Luanda), Figueiredo (Varzim), Mendonca (Varzim), Edson Nobre (Pacos Ferreira). Forwards: Fabrice Akwa (no club), Love Kabungula (ASA), Pedro Mantorras (Benfica), Titi Buengo (Clermont), Mateus Galiano (Gil Vicente), Flavio Amado (Al-Ahly). (AP)

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