Angola expect Maurito to be ready for WC
Striker Maurito, who is expected to recover from injury to play in a league match on Friday, might make it to the World cup squad.india Updated: May 12, 2006 15:14 IST
Striker Maurito is expected to make a return from injury on Friday and will be available for Angola's World Cup campaign, Angolan Football Federation officials said.
The Abu Dhabi-based striker is set to play for his title-chasing club Al Wahda in a United Arab Emirates league match against Al Ain on Friday and if he comes through the match unscathed he might be named in the squad.
Angola's coach Luis Oliveira Goncalves will announce his final 23-man squad for the World Cup finals on Sunday.
Maurito had been sidelined for six months after allegedly breaking his leg in a clash in an Asian Champions League match, but Angolan officials said that after checking with his club they discovered that Maurito had only been told to rest for several weeks.
The 24-year-old has scored three times in 15 appearances for Angola, including a goal at the African Nations Cup finals in Egypt in January.
Angola are in the same group with Iran, Mexico and Portugal at the World Cup finals in Germany.