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Mozambique in bullish mood to beat Guinea in World Cup qualifier on Sunday


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The Mambas, with just one point from two games, face a tough Guinean side that is building a stronger squad for this Group G World Cup campaign.

Under the “Slogan “Keep the World Cup dream Alive”, the Mambas have vowed to pounce on the visiting side with a determination to keep the dream of qualifying for Brazil alive come 2014 in a match that a draw or loss will make all hopes of the Mambas’ qualification crash prematurely and tantamount to declaration of an end of the road to South America next year.

No matter what football gods can say about it, Mozambique will need to rise to the occasion and beat their visitors with the team’s band of mostly inexperienced players at this level of the competition as most of those called are new and will be playing international football for the first time.

The Guineans last visited Mozambique some ten years ago and surprised everybody by walloping the hosts by a 4-3 drubbing at Machava stadium.

The national team will rely on the services of in-form and entertaining winger, South African-based Elias Pelembe who plays for Mamelodi Sundowns and the fading young forward, Clesio who will be attacking as a lone striker.

German coach, Gert Angels who has survived on the post after the theatrical crashing out of last year’s final African Cup of Nations humiliating defeat at the hands of Morocco has hinted that the home team will resort to its usual fast-flowing football punctuated with strings of neat passing, a carbon copy of Spain’s style of football.

“We shall have no respect for the opponents, Guinea Conakry has a history of springing miracles and we shall defy that in front of our fans,” Angels declared after his last media briefing on Saturday.

He did not reveal his overhauled starting squad but judging from those players summoned in his camp, it all indicates that Portugal-based goalkeeper, Ricardo Campos will be in goal, and the defense comprising of Gabito, Zainadine Junior and overlapping AlMiro Lobo while Momed Hagi, Manuelito II and Jumisse will pull the strings in the midfield. Elias Pelembe will lead the attack from the wings assisted by Clésio and Stelio Ernesto in a 4x4x3 formation designed to rout the opponents.

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