BY KUNLE SOLAJA.
AFCON 2023 bottom placed team in Group A, São Tomé and Príncipe have announced their squad that will attempt to rescue points from the Super Eagles when they meet in the match day 2 fixtures.
According to local publications in the island nation, “there is no lack of optimism” in the heart of the squad which on Thursday crumbled miserably to Guinea Bissau, despite scoring first. The lost 5-1.
The team is littered with many debutants who were fielded against Guinea Bissau. The team is also hampered by the absence of two key players, goalkeeper Primo and central defender, Vavá Pequeno.
The players annouced by Coach Adriano Eusébio for the team nicknamed “Falcão e Papagaio” are:
Anastácio Bragança (BU Caixão Grande -São Tomé and Príncipe)
Feher Mendes – (Amadora Est. – Portugal)
Pedro Mateus – (Olympias Lympion – Cyprus)
Nilton Pequeno (Bragança – Portugal)
Ivonaldo Mendes (Praia Cruz – São Tomé and Príncipe)
Hernane Almeida (Agrosport -São Tomé and Príncipe)
Jardel Nazaré – (UD Santarém – Portugal)
Leonildo Soares “Jú” – (Fabril – Portugal)
Aldair Santos (RSD Jette – Belgium)
Ricardo Cardoso (HJK Helsinki – Finland)
Joel Neves (Oriental – Portugal)
Jokceleny Carvalho “Iniesta” (UDRA-São Tomé and Príncipe)
Joazhifel Pontes “Jocy” (UDRA-São Tomé and Príncipe)
Luís Adroir (UDRA-São Tomé and Príncipe)
Adérito da Mata “Tinho” (6 September-São Tomé and Príncipe)
Geoxking Fernandes (A. Camarate -Portugal)
Luís Selemane (Atlético CP -Portugal)
Gil Carvalho (Hastings United – England)
Luís Leal (Guaribá – Bolivia)
Eba Viegas (Moncarapachense – Portugal)
Edmilson Viegas (Resende – Portugal)
Ronaldo Afonso (O. Hospital – Portugal)
Álvaro Amado (Fabril – Portugal)
Valter Rocha (Brightlingsea Regent FC – England)