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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 18 March, 2003, 12:11 GMT
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Mozambique's new coach Viktor Bondarenko is taking is preparing a top side for Saturday's Cosafa Castle Cup match at home to Lesotho and has named eight foreign-based players in his squad.

The Russian trainer, who was appointed earlier this month, is beginning his second spell in charge of the Mambas, and is attempting to get the team to only their fourth Nations Cup finals.

Mozambique play Burkina Faso in a qualifier at the end of March.

For Saturday's game he has called three players from Portugal and another five from South Africa in an 18-man squad.

Scheduled to arrive from Wednesday are Paito from Sporting Lisbon, Goncalves Fumo from Farense and midfielder Avelino from Sandinense in Portugal.

The coach has also recalled several of the veteran players who were a part of the Mozambican side that he qualified for the 1996 African Nations Cup.

Defender Pinto Barros from Ferroviario Maputo returns after a three-year absence and fellow fullback Sergio Faife, now 32, is also included in the squad.

South African-based midfielder Paulito, who was cast aside by previous coach Augusto Matine, is also back in the squad but striker Tico-Tico from Johannesburg club Jomo Cosmos has not been released because his club have an important game.

Bondarenko is hoping to re-enforce his side for Burkina Faso with striker Dario (Academica) and defender Armando of Benfica in Portugal.

Squad:
Goalkeepers:
Antoninho (Costa do Sol), Kapango (Ferroviario Maputo)
Defenders: Baute (Lamontville Golden Arrows, South Africa), Caito (Costa do Sol), Nando (Black Leopards, South Africa), Paito (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Pinto Barros, Sergio Faife (both Ferroviario Maputo), Tomas (Orlando Pirates, South Africa)
Midfielders: Altino (Ferroviario Maputo), Avelino (Sandinense, Portugal), Genito (Maxaquene), Goncalves Fumo (Farense, Portugal), Jossias (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa), Mano (Desportivo Maputo), Paulito (Manning Rangers, South Africa)
Strikers: Mavo, To (Costa do Sol)



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