Mozambique national football team
The Mozambique national football team (Portuguese: Seleção Moçambicana de Futebol), popularly known as Os Mambas, represents Mozambique in association football and is controlled by the Mozambican Football Federation, the governing body for football in Mozambique. Mozambique have never qualified for a FIFA World Cup, but they have qualified for four Africa Cup of Nations in 1986, 1996, 1998 and most recently the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, being eliminated in the first round in all four. Mozambique are currently ranked 97th in the FIFA World Rankings, with their highest ever ranking of 66th in November 1996.
|Association||Mozambican Football Federation|
|Head coach||Abel Xavier|
|Most caps||Chiquinho Conde (98)|
|Top scorer||Tico-Tico (27)|
|Home stadium||Estádio do Zimpeto|
|Current||117 (14 June 2019)|
|Highest||66 (November 1997)|
|Lowest||134 (July 2005, September 2006)|
|Current||142 12 (16 June 2019)|
|Highest||85 (September 1985)|
|Lowest||151 (March 2003)|
| Mozambique 2–1 Zambia |
(Mozambique; 25 June 1975)
| Mozambique 6–1 Lesotho |
(Mozambique; 10 August 1980)
Mozambique 5–0 South Sudan
(Mozambique; 18 May 2014)
| Zimbabwe 6–0 Mozambique |
(Salisbury, Zimbabwe; 20 April 1980)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||4 (first in 1986)|
|Best result||Group stage, 1986, 1996, 1998 and 2010|
Mozambique's home ground is Estádio do Zimpeto in the capital city Maputo, and can hold 45,000 spectators. The team's current head coach is the former Portugal international Abel Xavier, who has been in charge since February 2016.
On the day of independence in 1975, Mozambique played its first ever match; a friendly against Zambia, winning 2–1. Two years later, Cuba became Mozambique's first non-African opponent when the two countries met in Mozambique, with Cuba winning 2-0. Mozambique entered World Cup qualifying for the first time in the 1982 qualifying competition. Zaire defeated Mozambique 7-3 over two legs in the first round.
1986 African Nations CupEdit
At the final tournament in Egypt, Mozambique were placed in Group A along with Senegal, Ivory Coast and hosts Egypt. They lost all their games 3–0, 2–0 and 2–0, not scoring a single goal. Egypt went on to win the tournament on home soil.
1996 African Cup of NationsEdit
Mozambique had to wait 10 years to qualify for another Africa Cup of Nations, as they qualified for the 1996 tournament in South Africa. They were placed in Group D along with Ivory Coast, Ghana and Tunisia. Mozambique played their first game against Tunisia in Port Elizabeth, drawing 1–1 with Tico-Tico scoring in the 4th minute. They then went on to lose 1–0 to Ivory Coast and 2–0 to Ghana, thus eliminating them from the tournament.
1998 African Cup of NationsEdit
Two years later, Mozambique qualified for their third Africa Cup of Nations held in Burkina Faso. They were again placed in group D along with Morocco, Egypt and Zambia. Mozambique lost their first game against eventual tournament winners Egypt 2–0, both goals coming from Hossam Hassan. In their second game they again lost to Morocco 3–0, therefore eliminating them from the tournament with one game still remaining. In their last game against Zambia, they drew 1–1, their first goal of the tournament. This would prove to be their last African Cup of Nations game for 12 years.
2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit
Mozambique entered the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification in the second round, and were placed in Group 7 with Botswana, Madagascar and African football giants Ivory Coast. They made a terrible start to qualifying, losing to Ivory Coast and minnows Botswana 1–0 and 2–1, and drawing 1–1 with Madagascar. Mozambique then went on to beat Madagascar 3–0 in Antananarivo with goals coming from Tico-Tico, Carlitos and Domingues. They then drew 1–1 with Ivory Coast and beat Botswana 1–0 in Gaborone to qualify for the third Round.
Mozambique were one of the lowest seeded teams in the third round, and were placed in Group B with Nigeria, Tunisia and Kenya. They went on to draw their first game against giants Nigeria 0–0 in Maputo. They then went on to lose their next to games against Tunisia and Kenya 2–0 and 2–1, now making it a struggle to qualify for their first FIFA World Cup. In the next game, they beat Kenya 1–0 with Tico-Tico scoring, but then a loss to Nigeria eliminated them from qualifying. In the last game they beat Tunisia 1–0 in a surprising victory that stopped Tunisia from qualifying. Despite not qualifying for the World Cup they still qualified for the 2010 African Cup of Nations in Angola.
2010 African Cup of NationsEdit
After a 12-year absence from African Cup of Nations football, Mozambique were placed in Group C with Egypt, Nigeria and Benin. In their first game, they played Benin Benguela drawing 2–2 after being 2–0 down, with goals coming from Miro and Fumo. They then went on to lose 2–0 to eventual tournament winners Egypt and 3–0 to Nigeria, thus eliminating them from the tournament. After the tournament, all-time top scorer and captain Tico-Tico retired from international football.
2012 African Cup of NationsEdit
Mozambique were drawn in Group C for 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying along with Libya, Zambia and Comoros. They drew 0–0 with Libya in their first game and followed it up with 1–0 win away to the Comoros. But two straight losses of 2–0 (home) and 3–0 (away) to Zambia left The Black Mambas qualification hopes in tatters. Failure to qualify was confirmed with a third straight defeat in a 1–0 away loss to Libya. They would finish their campaign with a moral restoring 3–0 home drubbing of the Comoros.
2013 African Cup of NationsEdit
For the 2013 edition of the African Cup of Nations, Mozambique was drawn against Tanzania in the First Round of qualifying. After a 2–2 aggregate draw over two legs they defeated Tanzania 7–6 in the ensuing penalty shootout, recovering from missing their first two penalties. With their victory, Mozambique progressed to the Second Round of qualifying where they will be drawn from Pot 2 which houses teams ranked 16th – 30th.
2014 FIFA World CupEdit
Mozambique entered the 2014 FIFA World Cup CAF qualification process in the First Round. For the First Round they were seeded in Pot 1 and were drawn against the Comoros. They won both legs of the tie, opening with a hard-fought 1–0 away win before comprehensively outclassing the islanders 4–1 in the home leg. With the win, they secured their passage to the Second Round where they were seeded in Pot 4 for the draw. Mozambique were drawn in Group G, along with African powerhouse Egypt, Southern Africa neighbours Zimbabwe and West Africans Guinea. They opened their group campaign with a 2–0 away loss to group favourites Egypt before returning home and earning a point against Zimbabwe in a goalless draw. They then drew with Guinea, before a disappointing 6–1 loss to Guinea in the return fixture that eliminated them from the competition.
World Cup recordEdit
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930||Part of Portugal||Part of Portugal|
|1978||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1982||Did not qualify||2||0||0||2||3||7|
|1986||Did not enter||Declined participation|
|1994||Did not qualify||4||0||1||3||3||11|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
African Nations Cup recordEdit
|African Cup of Nations|
|Titles: 0 |
|1957||Did not enter||1976||Did not enter||1994||Did not qualify||2012||Did not qualify|
|1959||Did not enter||1978||Did not enter||1996||Round 1||2013||Did not qualify|
|1962||Did not enter||1980||Did not enter||1998||Round 1||2015||Did not qualify|
|1963||Did not enter||1982||Did not qualify||2000||Did not qualify||2017||Did not qualify|
|1965||Did not enter||1984||Did not qualify||2002||Did not qualify||2019||Did not qualify|
|1968||Did not enter||1986||Round 1||2004||Did not qualify|
|1970||Did not enter||1988||Did not qualify||2006||Did not qualify|
|1972||Did not enter||1990||Did not qualify||2008||Did not qualify|
|1974||Did not enter||1992||Did not qualify||2010||Round 1|
|COSAFA Cup Record|
Recent results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|8 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Mozambique||2–2||Guinea-Bissau||Maputo, Mozambique|
|17:00 (CAT)||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Zimpeto|
Referee: Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall (Mauritius)
|13 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Mozambique||1–2||Namibia||Maputo, Mozambique|
||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Zimpeto|
Referee: Helder Martins de Carvalho (Angola)
|16 October 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Namibia||1–0||Mozambique||Windhoek, Namibia|
||Report||Stadium: Sam Nujoma Stadium|
Referee: Jean Marc Ganamandji (Central African Republic)
|18 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Mozambique||1–0||Zambia||Maputo, Mozambique|
|15:30 (CAT)||Reginaldo 63'||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Zimpeto|
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
The following players have been called up for Moçambique in the last 12 months.
|Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club||Latest call-up|
|GK||Leonel Pendula||12 February 1981||3||0||União Songo||v. Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019|
|GK||Víctor Timana||5 February 1978||4||0||Nancala||v. Guinea-Bissau, 8 September 2018|
|DF||Mexer||8 September 1988||46||2||Stade Rennais||v. Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019|
|DF||Reinildo Mandava||21 January 1994||18||2||Covilhã||v. Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019|
|DF||Chico Muchanga||5 November 1991||26||0||Ferroviário Maputo||v. Zambia, 18 November 2018|
|DF||David Malembana||11 October 1995||0||0||BFC Dynamo||v. Namibia, October 2018|
|MF||Amadú||12 March 1996||1||0||União Songo||v. Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019|
|MF||Gildo Vilanculos||31 January 1995||14||1||Amora||v. Zambia, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Joaquim Mapangane||12 December 1998||2||0||LD Maputo||v. Namibia, October 2018|
|MF||Chelito Omar||17 September 1995||0||0||RSB Berkane||v. Namibia, October 2018|
|MF||Lóló Warumua||20 April 1990||16||0||Ferroviário Maputo||v. Guinea-Bissau, 8 September 2018|
|FW||Lau King||9 April 1995||0||0||União Songo||2019 COSAFA Cup INJ|
|FW||Luís Miquissone||25 July 1995||30||8||Chippa United||v. Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019|
|FW||Isac Carvalho||27 June 1989||28||5||Costa do Sol||v. Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019|
|FW||Reginaldo Faife||4 June 1990||26||3||Kukësi||v. Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
Most capped playersEdit
- As of March 30, 2019
- Players in bold are still active.
- As of March 30, 2019
- Players in bold are still active.
- Földesi, László. "Manuel José Luis "Tico-Tico" Bucuane – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 16 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
- "Mozambique - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.