Manchester United youngster, Manucho has been given his first call up to the Angolan Squad for the ongoing 2010 World Cup/African Nations Cup qualifying campaign.

Manucho had been unavailable for the Palancas Negras throughout the qualifying stages after having to nurse an injury since posting an impressive performance in the 2008 African Nations Cup tournament, where his stinging strike in the quarterfinal encounter against eventual winners Egypt was undoubtedly the goal of the tournament.
The Angolan team are currently lying in a distant second in group three, five points behind runaway group leaders, Benin Republic.
Their qualifying campaign was also rocked by the departure of Luis Oliveira Goncalves, who led them to the 2006 World Cup in Germany about two years ago.

A victory in Luanda would see the Angolans ending the round of qualifiers in second place, and giving them a shot to fight for one of the eight best second placed teams.

Angolan Squad:
Lama (Petro Luanda), Yamba Acha (Petro Luanda), Santana (Petro Luanda), Job (Petro Luanda), Jamuana ( Petro Luanda), Loco (Primeiro Agosto), Love (Primeiro Agosto), Amaro (Benfica de Luanda), Vado (Benfica de Luanda), Capoco, Machado (Recreativo do Libolo); Jamba (AS Aviacao), Minguito (InterClube); Paz (Santos FC), Mateus, Marco Airosa (Nacional, Portugal), Gilberto ( Al Ahly. Egypt), Flavio (Al Ahly, Egypt), Kaly (Sion, Switzerland), Dede (Pacos de Ferreira, Portugal), Andre Makanga (Kuwait SC, Kuwait), Ze Kalanga (Dinamo Bucharest, Romania), Manucho (Manchester United, England)