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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.

Mozambique
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Os Mambas
AssociationMozambican Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachAbel Xavier
Most capsChiquinho Conde (98)
Top scorerTico-Tico (27)[1]
Home stadiumEstádio do Zimpeto
FIFA codeMOZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 117 Steady (14 June 2019)[2]
Highest66 (November 1997)
Lowest134 (July 2005, September 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 142 Decrease 12 (16 June 2019)[3]
Highest85 (September 1985)
Lowest151 (March 2003)
First international
 Mozambique 2–1 Zambia 
(Mozambique; 25 June 1975)
Biggest win
 Mozambique 6–1 Lesotho 
(Mozambique; 10 August 1980)
 Mozambique 5–0 South Sudan 
(Mozambique; 18 May 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Zimbabwe 6–0 Mozambique Mozambique
(Salisbury, Zimbabwe; 20 April 1980)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances4 (first in 1986)
Best resultGroup 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.[4]

Contents

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

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.[5] 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

Mozambique qualified for its first Africa Cup of Nations in 1986. In the qualifying competition they beat Mauritius, Malawi (on penalties), and finally Libya, winning again on penalties.

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.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Zambia 6 4 1 1 11 2 +9 13
  Libya 6 3 3 0 6 1 +5 12
  Mozambique 6 2 1 3 4 6 −2 7
  Comoros 6 0 1 5 2 14 −12 1

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.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
  Egypt 6 6 0 0 16 7 +9 18
  Guinea 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
  Mozambique 6 0 3 3 2 10 −8 3
  Zimbabwe 6 0 2 4 4 9 −5 2

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Part of   Portugal Part of   Portugal
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978 Did not enter Declined participation
  1982 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 7
  1986 Did not enter Declined participation
  1990
  1994 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 3 11
  1998 2 0 1 1 1 3
    2002 2 1 0 1 2 2
  2006 2 0 0 2 3 5
  2010 12 4 3 5 10 10
  2014 8 2 3 3 7 10
  2018 2 1 0 1 1 1
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 34 8 8 18 30 49

African Nations Cup recordEdit

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 0
Appearances: 4
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
  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 CupEdit

COSAFA Cup Record
Year Rank Pld W D L GF GA
1997 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1998 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1999 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2001 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2002 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2003 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2004 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2005 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Recent results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018Edit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players have been selected for the 2019 COSAFA Cup.[6]
Caps and goals updated as of 30 May 2019 after the game against Malawi.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK José Guirrugo (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 27) 14 0   Incomáti
1GK Víctor Guambe (1998-10-08) 8 October 1998 (age 20) 6 0   Costa do Sol

2DF Zainadine Júnior (1988-06-24) 24 June 1988 (age 30) 50 1   Marítimo
2DF Jeitoso (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 28) 25 3   Ferroviário Maputo
2DF Edmilson Dove (1994-07-18) 18 July 1994 (age 24) 23 0   Cape Town City
2DF Nanani (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 23) 7 0   União Songo
2DF Mambucho (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 28) 6 0   Ferroviário Maputo
2DF Danilo Muzé (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 22) 6 0   Maxaquene
2DF Manucho (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 29) 5 0   Costa do Sol
2DF Agenor (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 23) 3 0   União Songo

3MF Domingues Pelembe (1983-11-13) 13 November 1983 (age 35) 82 16   Bidvest Wits
3MF Raúl (1997-05-04) 4 May 1997 (age 22) 15 0   Costa do Sol
3MF Manuel Kambala (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 27) 15 0   União Songo
3MF Nelson Divrassone (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 25) 9 1   Costa do Sol
3MF Nené (1996-11-15) 15 November 1996 (age 22) 7 0   Costa do Sol
3MF Geraldo Matsimbe (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 26) 6 0   Amora
3MF Kamo-Kamo (1999-07-19) 19 July 1999 (age 19) 6 0   Ferroviário Maputo
3MF Nilton (1997-12-08) 8 December 1997 (age 21) 4 0   Costa do Sol
3MF Heldinho (1995-12-07) 7 December 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Chibuto

4FW Telinho (1988-10-15) 15 October 1988 (age 30) 32 0   União Songo
4FW Clésio Baúque (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 24) 29 4   İstanbulspor
4FW Maninho (captain) (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 31) 26 3   Ferroviário Beira
4FW Witi (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 22) 16 1   Nacional
4FW Stanley Ratifo (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 24) 11 2   1. CfR Pforzheim
4FW Dayo António (1988-08-20) 20 August 1988 (age 30) 11 2   Ferroviário Beira
4FW Jafete[7] 0 0   Incomáti

Recent call-upsEdit

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 (1981-02-12) 12 February 1981 (age 38) 3 0   União Songo v.   Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019
GK Víctor Timana (1978-02-05) 5 February 1978 (age 41) 4 0   Nancala v.   Guinea-Bissau, 8 September 2018

DF Mexer (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 30) 46 2   Stade Rennais v.   Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019
DF Reinildo Mandava (1994-01-21) 21 January 1994 (age 25) 18 2   Covilhã v.   Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019
DF Chico Muchanga (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 27) 26 0   Ferroviário Maputo v.   Zambia, 18 November 2018
DF David Malembana (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 (age 23) 0 0   BFC Dynamo v.   Namibia, October 2018

MF Amadú (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 23) 1 0   União Songo v.   Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019
MF Gildo Vilanculos (1995-01-31) 31 January 1995 (age 24) 14 1   Amora v.   Zambia, 18 November 2018
MF Joaquim Mapangane (1998-12-12) 12 December 1998 (age 20) 2 0   LD Maputo v.   Namibia, October 2018
MF Chelito Omar (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 23) 0 0   RSB Berkane v.   Namibia, October 2018
MF Lóló Warumua (1990-04-20) 20 April 1990 (age 29) 16 0   Ferroviário Maputo v.   Guinea-Bissau, 8 September 2018

FW Lau King (1995-04-09) 9 April 1995 (age 24) 0 0   União Songo 2019 COSAFA Cup INJ
FW Luís Miquissone (1995-07-25) 25 July 1995 (age 23) 30 8   Chippa United v.   Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019
FW Isac Carvalho (1989-06-27) 27 June 1989 (age 29) 28 5   Costa do Sol v.   Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019
FW Reginaldo Faife (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 29) 26 3   Kukësi v.   Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

RecordsEdit

Most capped playersEdit

As of March 30, 2019
Players in bold are still active.
# Name International Career Caps Goals
1. Chiquinho Conde 1985–2001 98[8] 9?
2. Dário Monteiro 1996–2011 88 16
3. Tico-Tico 1992–2010 83 26
4. Dominguês Pelembé 2004– 82 16
5. Miró Lobo 2004–2015 79 8
6. Jojó Fernandes 1989–2003 77 11
7. Momed Hagi 2005–2015 62 3
8. Dario Khan 2003–2014 53? 2
9. Zainadine Júnior 2008– 50 1
João Kapango 2000–2012 50? 0
11. Josemar Machaisse 2008–2015 48 6
12. Mexer 2007- 46 2

Top goalscorersEdit

As of March 30, 2019
Players in bold are still active.
# Name International Career Goals Caps
1. Tico-Tico 1992–2010 26 83
2. Dário Monteiro 1996–2011 16 88
Dominguês Pelembé 2004– 16 82
3. Jojó Fernandes 1989–2003 11 77
4. Chiquinho Conde 1985–2001 9 98
5. Luís Miquissone 2015– 8 30
Miró Lobo 2004–2015 8 79
6. Sonito 2008– 7 34
7. Josemar Machaisse 2008–2015 6 48
8. Diogo 2012- 5 31

Previous squadsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations

HonoursEdit

  • 2013 (Plate Winners)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Földesi, László. "Manuel José Luis "Tico-Tico" Bucuane – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 16 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  4. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/35408438
  5. ^ "Mozambique - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  6. ^ https://abola.pt/Africa/Noticias/Ver/788753
  7. ^ https://abola.pt/Africa/Noticias/Ver/789716
  8. ^ http://www.thefinalball.com/player.php?id=15347

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