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Mozambique beat Zambia today in a historic match with a goal scored by Stanley Ratifo. It was the first time the Mambas beat the Chipolopolo. Of all the previous twenty matches where the two national teams faced each other, 17 were won by Zambia and three were ties. Up to today.
Date of birth: Dec 5, 1994
Place of birth: Halle an der Saale ,Germany
Height: 1,90 m
Nationality: Mozambique, Germany
Position: Striker – Centre-Forward
Current club: 1.FC Köln II
Mozambique have named a 22-man squad including five Europe-based stars for Saturday’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Zambia with coach Abel Xavier targeting victory over the Chipolopolo.
Xavier, a former Liverpool and Portugal defender, has summoned Stade Rennes centre back Edson André Sitoe, Zainadine Junior of Portuguese side SC Maritimo and forward Stanley Ratifo of Bundesliga outfit FC Koln II.
Others are the duo of Reinildo Mandava and Geraldo Amâncio Matsimbe from Portuguese outfit AD Fafe and Clésio (Panetolikos, Greece).
He told Rm Desporto Jornal Desafio that he is confident the Mambas will break the Chipolopolo’s dominance when the teams clash in a Group K match at Levy Mwanawasa Stadium in Ndola.
The teams have met 20 times since 1989 with the Chipolopolo claiming 17 victories while the Mambas have only managed three draws.
“We are going to Zambia to account ourselves well. We have a lot of information on Zambia. They are a good side but we have also prepared adequately for the match. We want to qualify for the Africa Cup, so it is logical that we start the campaign on a positive note,” Xavier said.
The last time the teams met in a competitive match was in 2014.
Zambia beat Mozambique 1-0 on aggregate courtesy of a Given Singuluma strike to secure a slot at the 2015 AfCON finals in Equatorial Guinea.
Xavier said that he has assembled a formidable squad that will stun Zambia.
“We know they don’t play as individuals but as a collective unit. They are strong, but we are also strong and ready for them [Zambia]. We have not done well against them in previous matches.
“The most important thing is that my players understand that we are facing an opponent that has caused us problems in the past and this match accords us an opportunity to change things,” he said.
Goalkeepers: José Ventura Guirrugo (Costa do Sol, Mozambique), Victor (Ferroviario de Nacala (Mozambique)
Defenders: Bhéu (Liga Desportiva de Maputo), Norberto (União Desportiva de Songo), Salomão (Costa do Sol), Jeitoso (Ferroviário de Maputo), Zainadine (Marítimo, Portugal), Mexer (Rennes, France), Edmilson (Cape Town, South Africa), Reinildo (Fafe, Portugal).
Midfielders: Lóló (Costa do Sol), Geraldo (Fafe/Portugal), Kambala (União Desportiva do Songo), Mamo (UP Lichinga), Clésio (Panetolikos, Greece), Raúl (Ferroviário de Nampula), Telinho (Liga Desportiva de Maputo) and Luis (União Desportiva do Songo).
Strikers: Dominguês (Bidwest Wits, South Africa), Ratifo (FC Köln, Germany], Maninho (Clube Ferroviário da Beira) and Dayo (Ferroviário da Beira).Source: Zambia Daily Mail / Mambas MissaoCAN2019 / O País / transfermarkt.com
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