Posts Tagged Mateus Alberto Contreiras Gonçalves

Manucho is a world beater – well, at least a sizeable chunk of it

Despondent about Hull City’s attacking options? Not surprising, but don’t write off young Manucho just yet.

Mateus Alberto Contreiras Gonçalves, as not even his mother probably calls him, was for many pundits the best player at the Africa Cup of Nations last year, and here are his goals for outsiders Angola.

A tidy diving header had enough pace to beat the South African keeper from 20 yards:

Another strong header at the back post against Senegal, one of two he scored in the game:

And the pick of the bunch, a Geovanni-style potshot from 30-odd yards against Egypt that flies into the top corner:

Cynics may say you could make any player look good on a selective clip on YouTube. And they’re probably right.

But to score four goals in a high-pressure, high-quality tournament is a major achievement.

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