Cape Verde coach Lucio Antunes is the first of the 16 finalists coaches to name his AFCON squad. He has left out veteran captain Lito and striker Dady. Defender Ricardo (born in Portugal) has opted out of Les Requins Bleus (Blue Sharks) team, opting to play for his club in Portugal instead.
The squad has one uncapped reserve goalkeeper Rilly (home-based player) from Mindelsense. The rest come from clubs in Angola, Cyprus, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Portugal.
RKC Waalwijk’s Odysseu Guy Ramos,born to Cape Verdean parents in Rotterdam, home to a large immigrant community originating from the African country, is part of the 23. Last season, playing in his first full Eredivisie campaign after four seasons in the Eerste Divisie (second division), Ramos made 29 appearances.
This season has been a different case for the Rotterdamer as a metatarsal fracture sidelined him for most of the season. His last eredivisie game was 3 months ago but he was an unused substitute in last weekend’s 2-2 Vitesse draw at Arnhem.He’s played 4 times this season
Goalkeepers: Fock (Petro Atletico), Rilly (Mindelense), Vozinha (Progresso Sambizanga)
Defenders: Carlitos (AEL Limassol), Fernando Varela (FC Vaslui) Gege (Maritimo), Guy Ramos (RKC Waalwijk), Josimar (FC Dordrecht), Nando (Chateauroux), Nivaldo (Academica Coimbra), Pecks (Gil Vicente)
Midfielders: Babanco, David Silva (both Olhanense), Marco Soares (Omonia Nicosia), Odair Fortes (Stade Reims), Roni (Fola Esch), Stenio (Feirense), Toni Varela (Sparta Rotterdam)
Forwards: Djaniny (Olhanense), Heldon (Maritimo), Julio Tavares (Dijon), Ryan Mendes (OSC Lille), Ze Luis (Sporting Braga).