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Football | Afcon

Luis Oliveira Goncalves © Action Images

Angola have no goalkeeper coach



Former Angola coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves has criticised the Palancas Negra’s decision to head to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations without a goalkeeper coach.

Angola have no specialist trainer for goalkeepers Lama, Landu and Neblu within their technical team, which is led by Uruguayan Gustavo Ferrin.

Goncalves, who took Angola to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany and is now a vice president at Santos FC, says Angola run the risk of having their goalkeepers underprepared.

Angola start their Nations Cup Group A campaign against Morocco at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Saturday before taking on hosts South Africa in Durban and the Cape Verde Islands in Port Elizabeth.

“This is a position that requires individual training. The goalkeeper has to spend 80 percent of his training time working on his own and needs a coach to do this work with him,” Goncalves told reporters.

“This is a complicated and specialist area. Angola has enough expertise in this department and there are good trainers at the various clubs so it is strange why none have been taken to the tournament.”

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Boateng says Ghana are ready

Ghana midfielder Derek Boateng has touted the title-winning credentials of the Black Stars at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations following their impressive pre-tournament form.

The Ukraine-based enforcer praised his teammates for their work ethic and discipline at their pre-tournament training camp in Abu Dhabi.

The Black Stars beat Egypt 3-0 last Thursday and fought back from two goals down to defeat Tunisia 4-2 on Sunday.

The 30-year-old believes his colleagues have shown enough mental strength to ensure that the Black Stars end their 31-year-old trophy drought.

"Our aim is to win the Cup and that is the reason why we are here in camp to make sure we get our fitness and be together as a team," Boateng said.

"This team is working really, really hard. All the local players and professionals are all together and working hard as a team.

"We will make sure we will do the right thing and be in the right channel and we know by the help of God we will bring the trophy home."

Boateng will be one of Ghana's key players at the tournament after playing bit-part roles in the last two editions.

Ghana's opener will be against DR Congo on 20 January in Port Elizabeth before playing Mali and Niger.

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