Mozambique national football team

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Mozambique
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Os Mambas
Association Mozambique Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coach Abel Xavier
Captain Clemente Ayew
Most caps Chiquinho Conde (98)
Top scorer Clemente Ayew (26)[1]
Home stadium Estádio do Zimpeto
FIFA code MOZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 114 Decrease 8 (7 June 2018)
Highest 66 (November 1997)
Lowest 134 (July 2005, September 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 129 Steady (6 May 2018)
Highest 85 (September 1985)
Lowest 147 (July 2000)
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
Appearances 4 (first in 1986)
Best result Group stage, 1986, 1996, 1998 and 2010

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 Federação Moçambicana de Futebol, 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'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.[2]

History

Beginnings

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.[3] 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 Cup

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, Côte d'Ivoire 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 Nations

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 Côte d'Ivoire, 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 Côte d'Ivoire and 2–0 to Ghana, thus eliminating them from the tournament.

1998 African Cup of Nations

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 qualification

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 Côte d'Ivoire. They made a terrible start to qualifying, losing to Côte d'Ivoire 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 Côte d'Ivoire 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 Nations

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 Nations

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 Nations

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 Cup

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 record

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1974 Part of Portugal
Argentina 1978 Did not enter
Spain 1982 Did not qualify
Mexico 1986 Did not enter
Italy 1990 Entry rejected
1994 to 2018 Did not qualify
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total 0/21

African Nations Cup record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 0
Appearances: 4
Year Position Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Did not enter Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Did not qualify
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Did not enter South Africa 1996 Round 1 South Africa 2013 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Did not enter Burkina Faso 1998 Round 1 Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Did not qualify GhanaNigeria 2000 Did not qualify Gabon 2017 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify Mali 2002 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1968 Did not enter Egypt 1986 Round 1 Tunisia 2004 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970 Did not enter Morocco 1988 Did not qualify Egypt 2006 Did not qualify
Cameroon 1972 Did not enter Algeria 1990 Did not qualify Ghana 2008 Did not qualify
Egypt 1974 Did not enter Senegal 1992 Did not qualify Angola 2010 Round 1

Recent results and fixtures

  Win   Draw   Loss

2017

2018

2019

Players

Current squad

The following players have been selected for the friendly match against Kenya on 2 September 2017.[4]

Caps and goals updated as of 2 September 2017, after the game against Kenya.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Ricardo Campos (1985-07-14) 14 July 1985 (age 33) 17 0 Portugal U.D. Leiria
1 1GK José Guirrugo (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 26) 9 0 Mozambique Costa do Sol
22 1GK Víctor Timana (1978-02-05) 5 February 1978 (age 40) 4 0 Mozambique Nancala

3 2DF Zainadine Júnior (1988-06-24) 24 June 1988 (age 30) 46 0 Portugal Marítimo
4 2DF Salomão (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 22) 3 1 Mozambique Costa do Sol
8 2DF Edmilson (1994-07-18) 18 July 1994 (age 24) 15 0 South Africa Cape Town City
15 2DF Reinildo (1994-01-21) 21 January 1994 (age 24) 13 2 Portugal S.C. Covilhã
17 2DF Mexer (1987-09-08) 8 September 1987 (age 30) 42 1 France Stade Rennais
18 2DF Jeitoso (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 27) 16 0 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo

2 3MF Kito (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 28) 38 1 Mozambique Costa do Sol
5 3MF Geraldo (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 25) 4 0 Portugal Nacional
10 3MF Clésio (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 23) 26 4 Greece Panetolikos
11 3MF Luís Miquissone (1995-07-25) 25 July 1995 (age 22) 23 4 Mozambique União Songo
13 3MF Loló (1990-04-20) 20 April 1990 (age 28) 13 0 Mozambique Costa do Sol
14 3MF Diogo (1989-03-01) 1 March 1989 (age 29) 31 5 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo
21 3MF Raúl (1997-05-04) 4 May 1997 (age 21) 7 0 Mozambique Ferroviário Nampula
26 3MF Telinho (1988-10-15) 15 October 1988 (age 29) 26 0 Mozambique Liga Muçulmana
28 3MF Kambala (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 26) 5 0 Mozambique União Songo
43 3MF Gildo Vilanculos (1995-01-31) 31 January 1995 (age 23) 14 1 Mozambique União Songo

7 4FW Dominguês (1983-11-13) 13 November 1983 (age 34) 77 16 South Africa Bidvest Wits
9 4FW Maninho (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 30) 20 3 Mozambique Ferroviário Beira
19 4FW Isac Carvalho (1989-06-27) 27 June 1989 (age 29) 25 5 Mozambique Costa do Sol
25 4FW Dayo António (1988-08-20) 20 August 1988 (age 29) 3 1 Mozambique Ferroviário Beira
44 4FW Stanley Ratifo (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 23) 4 1 Germany 1. FC Köln II

Recent call-ups

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 Víctor Guambe (1998-10-08) 8 October 1998 (age 19) 3 0 Mozambique Costa do Sol v.  Madagascar, 16 July 2017

DF Norberto (1995-09-18) 18 September 1995 (age 22) 5 0 Mozambique União Songo v.  Madagascar, 16 July 2017
DF Mambucho (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Mozambique Ferroviário Beira v.  Madagascar, 16 July 2017
DF Bruno Langa (1997-10-31) 31 October 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Mozambique Maxaquene v.  Madagascar, 16 July 2017
DF Pascoal Amorim (1995-07-29) 29 July 1995 (age 22) 2 0 Mozambique Ferroviário Beira v.  Madagascar, 16 July 2017

MF Nelson Divrassone (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 25) 5 0 Mozambique Costa do Sol v.  Madagascar, 16 July 2017

FW Sonito (1985-08-10) 10 August 1985 (age 32) 34 7 Mozambique Desportiva Maputo v.  Madagascar, 16 July 2017

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.

Records

Most capped players

As of March 21, 2018
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International Career Caps Goals
1. Chiquinho Conde 1985–2001 98 4?
2. Dário Monteiro 1996–2011 88 21
3. Tico-Tico 1992–2010 83 26
4. Almiro Lobo 2004–2015 79 8
5. Dominguês 2004– 77 16
Jojó Fernandes 1989–2003 77 11
6. Momed Hagi 2005–2015 62 3
7. Dario Khan 2003–2014 53+? 2
8. João Kapango 2000–2012 50+? 0
9. Josemar Machaisse 2008–2015 48 6
10. Zainadine Júnior 2008– 46 0
11. Mexer 2007- 42 1
Simão Mate 2007– 42 0
12. Genito 2002–2011 41+? 1
13. Paíto 2002–2012 39+? 0
14. Nelinho 1998–2010 38+? 1
Kito 2003– 38 1
15. Sonito 2008– 34 7
16. Tomás Inguana 1995–2004 33+? 2
17. Mano 2002–2011 32+? 1
18. Jossias Macamo 1997–2005 31+? 1
Diogo 2012– 31 5
19. Mano-Mano 1997–2007 30+? 0

Top goalscorers

As of March 21, 2018
Players in bold are still active, at least at club level.
# Name International Career Goals Caps
1. Tico-Tico 1992–2010 26 83
2. Dário Monteiro 1996–2011 21 88
3. Dominguês 2004– 16 77
4. Jojó Fernandes 1989–2003 11 77
5. Almiro Lobo 2004–2015 8 79
6. Sonito 2008– 7 34
7. Josemar Machaisse 2008–2015 6 48
8. Diogo 2012- 5 31
9. Chiquinho Conde 1985–2001 4? 98

Previous squads

Africa Cup of Nations

Honours

  • 2013 (Plate Winners)

References

  1. ^ Földesi, László. "Manuel José Luis "Tico-Tico" Bucuane – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  2. ^ https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/35408438
  3. ^ "Mozambique - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018. 
  4. ^ http://www.soka.co.ke/news/item/mozambique-name-strong-squad-for-kenya-friendly

External links

  • Federação Moçambicana de Futebol (in Portuguese)
  • Mozambique at FIFA.com
  • Mozambique at CAF Online
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