Ferrin: We want to turn Angola into a well respected football nation

Angola captain Manucho and their coach Ferrin are ready for their second match against Bafana at the Moses Mabhida Stadium

The captain and former Manchester United striker Manucho is itching to score against Bafana in their second group match in Durban today.

“With no doubt, I will be working very hard to score. I know Bafana have good defenders, but I am determined to score and also have some decent shots on target,” said Manucho.

Angola’s strength is that the entire squad works together when both attacking and defending.

"We work more as team, so they should not only keep their eyes on me. I believe we can take this team to the finals but it will all depend on us. I know Bafana will not be an easy team to play against but we are determined to walk away with the full three points,” he said.

With some of their players being based overseas, the Angola coach Gustavo Ferrin said their main objective in this tournament is to use mainly their local talent and build from there.

“Our mission is not only to win the Afcon, but we are working on a plan that will turn Angola into a well respected football country. We are very much keen into using our local based players. Coming to Bafana’s game we are not taking anything for granted, as we are both under pressure and will do our best to do well,” said Ferrin.

The coach also added that they will be attacking as team and Bafana should not only keep their eyes on Real Valladolid striker Manucho.

“Every player that I have selected has a mandate to do, and I am hoping that each player will join into the party. It will not be fair to pull the entire job on one player,” he said