Angola agree Campos stay

Djalma Campos

Angola have agreed to allow striker Djalma Campos to stay at his Portuguese club FC Porto for a key league match this weekend.

Instead of joining up with the Angolan squad, who are training in Luanda ahead of the upcoming African Nations Cup finals, Djalma has remained in Portugal for the key league match against Sporting Lisbon on Sunday.

Porto approached the Angolan Football Federation to allow Djalma to play in the game and after consultation with coach Lito Vidigal permission has been granted.

Angola were entitled to insist Djalma reports to their pre-tournament camp by Saturday, which is the cut off date for the release of players by their clubs ahead of the Nations Cup finals.

But after recently breaking into the Porto first team, Djalma is being allowed to stay for the vital league game. The Angolan failed to break into the team at the start of the season but has been used by coach Vitor Pereira in recent matches.

Djalma will depart for Luanda after Sunday’s game to join Angola’s preparations for the tournament in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, where they are in Group B along with Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and Sudan.