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.
|Association||Mozambican Football Federation|
|Head coach||Luís Gonçalves|
|Most caps||Chiquinho Conde (98)|
|Top scorer||Tico-Tico (27)|
|Home stadium||Estádio do Zimpeto|
|Current||105 (19 December 2019)|
|Highest||66 (November 1997)|
|Lowest||134 (July 2005, September 2006)|
|Current||122 14 (25 November 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 42000 spectators. The team's current head coach is Victor Matine, who became manager in July 2019, replacing previous head coach and former Portugal international Abel Xavier, who had been in charge since February 2016.
- 1 History
- 2 World Cup record
- 3 African Nations Cup record
- 4 African Nations Championship record
- 5 COSAFA Cup
- 6 Recent results and fixtures
- 7 Players
- 8 Records
- 9 Honours
- 10 References
- 11 External links
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. Mozambique were defeated 7–3 over two legs by Zaire in the first round.
1986 Africa Cup of NationsEdit
1996 Africa 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 Africa 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, this win was enough to secure third place and qualification for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.
2010 Africa Cup of NationsEdit
After a 12-year absence from Africa 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.
Mozambique have yet to reach a fifth AFCON Finals despite several close misses. During the 2013 qualifiers, they reached the final round and beat Morocco 2–0 in the first leg in Maputo. However, they were beaten 4–0 in Marrakech four days later. During the 2019 qualifiers the Mambas were only denied by a Guinea-Bissau equiliser in stoppage time at the end of their final Group K match.
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||Part of Portugal|
|1976||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1980||Did not enter|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1988||Did not qualify|
|2000||Did not qualify|
|2012||Did not qualify|
|2021||To be determined|
African Nations Championship recordEdit
|African Nations Championship|
|2009||Did not qualify|
|2016||Did not qualify|
|2022||To be determined|
|COSAFA Cup Record|
Recent results and fixturesEdit
Win Draw Loss
|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)
|23 March 2019 2019 AFCONQ||Guinea-Bissau||2–2||Mozambique||Bissau, Guinea-Bissau|
|16:30 (GMT)||Piqueti 13'
|Stadium: Estádio 24 de Setembro|
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
|4 September 2019 2022 WCQ||Mauritius||0–1||Mozambique||Belle Vue Harel, Mauritius|
|18:30 UTC+4||Report (FIFA)||Telinho 10'||Stadium: Stade Anjalay|
Referee: Georges Gatogato (Burundi)
|10 September 2019 2022 WCQ||Mozambique||2–0|
|16:00 UTC+2||Report (FIFA)||Stadium: Estádio do Zimpeto|
Referee: Brian Miiro (Uganda)
|13 October 2019 Friendly||Kenya||0–1||Mozambique||Nairobi, Kenya|
|15:00||Report||Canhembe 68'||Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre|
Referee: Israel Mpaima (Kenya)
|14 November 2019 2021 AFCONQ||Mozambique||2–0||Rwanda||Maputo, Mozambique|
|18:00 UTC+2||Stadium: Estádio do Zimpeto|
The following players have been selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mauritius on 4 and 10 September 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 10 September 2019 after the game against Mauritius.
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|
|DF||Danilo Muzé||19 April 1997||9||0||Maxaquene||v. Madagascar, 4 August 2019|
|DF||Manucho||4 April 1990||6||0||Costa do Sol||v. Madagascar, 4 August 2019|
|DF||David Malembana||11 October 1995||0||0||Lokomotiv Plovdiv||v. Mauritius, 10 September 2019 PRE|
|DF||Jeitoso||5 April 1991||25||3||Ferroviário Maputo||2019 COSAFA Cup|
|DF||Mambucho||16 September 1990||6||0||Ferroviário Maputo||2019 COSAFA Cup|
|DF||Agenor||5 March 1996||3||0||União Songo||2019 COSAFA Cup|
|DF||Chico Muchanga||5 November 1991||26||0||Ferroviário Maputo||v. Zambia, 18 November 2018|
|MF||Raúl||4 May 1997||17||0||Costa do Sol||v. Madagascar, 4 August 2019|
|MF||Candinho||6 October 1997||2||0||União Songo||v. Madagascar, 4 August 2019|
|MF||Amadú||12 March 1996||2||0||União Songo||v. Madagascar, 4 August 2019|
|MF||Domingues Pelembé||13 November 1983||82||16||Bidvest Wits||2019 COSAFA Cup|
|MF||Nelson Divrassone||20 June 1993||9||1||Costa do Sol||2019 COSAFA Cup|
|MF||Nilton||8 December 1997||4||0||Costa do Sol||2019 COSAFA Cup|
|MF||Heldinho||7 December 1995||1||0||Chibuto||2019 COSAFA Cup|
|MF||Gildo Vilanculos||31 January 1995||14||1||Amora||v. Zambia, 18 November 2018|
|FW||Jafete||Unknown||0||0||Incomáti||2019 COSAFA Cup|
|FW||Lau King||9 April 1995||0||0||União Songo||2019 COSAFA Cup INJ|
|FW||Isac Carvalho||27 June 1989||28||5||Costa do Sol||v. Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
Most capped playersEdit
- As of September 10, 2019
- Players in bold are still active.
- As of September 10, 2019
- Players in bold are still active.
- COSAFA Cup: 1
- 2013 (Plate Winners)
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- "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 December 2019. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
- Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
- "Matine takes over from Xavier as new Mozambique coach". July 22, 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
- "Mozambique appoint Abel Xavier as new national coach". January 26, 2016 – via www.bbc.com.
- "Mozambique - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
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