Xavier is hoping the Mambas can avenge the painful 4-1 loss handed them by the Islanders at the recent COSAFA Cup in South Africa, when the two sides face-off on Sunday, 16 July 2016 at the Stade Municipal de Mahamasina in Antananarivo.
Xavier expects a tough challenge from “Barea”, who doused the Flames of Malawi in both legs at the First Round to advance 2-0 on aggregate, in their quest to reach the final round of the Southern Zone qualifiers.
Mozambique hosts the second leg on Sunday, 23 July 2017 with the winner from both legs facing either Angola or Mauritius at the final round.
Three teams will qualify to represent the Southern Zone at the fifth edition of the tournament designed exclusively for footballers playing in their countries of birth scheduled for 12 January to 4 February 2018 in Kenya.
Goalkeepers: Victor (Ferroviário de Nacala), Guirrugo (Costa do Sol), Joaquim (Maxaquene)
Defenders: Bheu (Liga Desportiva), Jeitoso (Ferroviário de Maputo), Mambucho (Ferroviário da Beira), Chico, Solimão, Nelson (all Cosa do Sol), Norberto (Desportivo de Nacala), Bruno (Maxaquene)
Midfielders: Telinho (Liga Desportiva), Kambala, Luís Miquissone (UD Songo), Loló (Costa do Sol), Nuno (Chingale), Milton (Desportivo de Maputo), Raul (Ferroviário de Nampula)
Forwards: Sonito (Liga Desportiva), Maninho, Dayo (both Ferroviário da (Beira), Isac (Costa do Sol).
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