Mozambique national football team

Mozambique
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Os Mambas
AssociationMozambican Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachLuís Gonçalves
Most capsChiquinho Conde (98)
Top scorerTico-Tico (27)[1]
Home stadiumEstádio do Zimpeto
FIFA codeMOZ
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 105 Increase 7 (28 November 2019)[2]
Highest66 (November 1997)
Lowest134 (July 2005, September 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 122 Increase 14 (25 November 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

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'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,[4] replacing previous head coach and former Portugal international Abel Xavier, who had been in charge since February 2016.[5]

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

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.[6] 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 Nations[edit]

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.

1996 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

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 Nations[edit]

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[edit]

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 Nations[edit]

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.

Recent years[edit]

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 record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of  Portugal Part of  Portugal
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974
Argentina 1978 Did not enter Declined participation
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 3 7
Mexico 1986 Did not enter Declined participation
Italy 1990
United States 1994 Did not qualify 4 0 1 3 3 11
France 1998 2 0 1 1 1 3
South Korea Japan 2002 2 1 0 1 2 2
Germany 2006 2 0 0 2 3 5
South Africa 2010 12 4 3 5 10 10
Brazil 2014 8 2 3 3 7 10
Russia 2018 2 1 0 1 1 1
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026
Total 0/21 34 8 8 18 30 49

African Nations Cup record[edit]

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 0
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Part of  Portugal
Egypt 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976 Not affiliated to CAF
Ghana 1978
Nigeria 1980 Did not enter
Libya 1982 Did not qualify
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 0 7
Morocco 1988 Did not qualify
Algeria 1990
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994
South Africa 1996 Group stage 14th 3 0 1 2 1 4
Burkina Faso 1998 16th 3 0 0 3 1 8
GhanaNigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Mali 2002
Tunisia 2004
Egypt 2006
Ghana 2008
Angola 2010 Group stage 15th 3 0 1 2 2 7
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Did not qualify
South Africa 2013
Equatorial Guinea 2015
Gabon 2017
Egypt 2019
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025
Total Group stage 4/32 12 0 2 10 4 26

African Nations Championship record[edit]

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 1
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify
Sudan 2011
South Africa 2014 Group stage 16th 3 0 0 3 4 9
Rwanda 2016 Did not qualify
Morocco 2018
Cameroon 2020
Algeria 2022 To be determined
Total Group stage 1/6 3 0 0 3 4 9

COSAFA Cup[edit]

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
South Africa 2008 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zimbabwe 2009 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Zambia 2013 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2015 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 2016 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2017 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2018 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 2019 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/19 - - - - - -

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been selected for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Mauritius on 4 and 10 September 2019.[7]
Caps and goals updated as of 10 September 2019 after the game against Mauritius.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK José Guirrugo (1992-06-03) 3 June 1992 (age 27) 14 0 Mozambique Incomáti
1GK Víctor Guambe (1998-10-08) 8 October 1998 (age 21) 8 0 Mozambique Costa do Sol
1GK Júlio Franque (1996-11-29) 29 November 1996 (age 23) 4 0 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo

2DF Zainadine Júnior (c) (1988-06-24) 24 June 1988 (age 31) 52 1 Portugal Marítimo
2DF Mexer (1988-09-08) 8 September 1988 (age 31) 48 2 France Stade Rennais
2DF Edmilson Dove (1994-07-18) 18 July 1994 (age 25) 24 0 South Africa Cape Town City
2DF Reinildo Mandava (1994-01-21) 21 January 1994 (age 25) 20 2 Portugal Covilhã
2DF Nanani (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 23) 9 0 Mozambique União Songo
2DF Sidique Mussagi (1993-10-24) 24 October 1993 (age 26) 7 0 Mozambique União Songo

3MF Kito (1984-05-23) 23 May 1984 (age 35) 40 1 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo
3MF Telinho (1988-10-15) 15 October 1988 (age 31) 34 1 Mozambique União Songo
3MF Manuel Kambala (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 28) 17 0 Mozambique União Songo
3MF Nené (1996-11-15) 15 November 1996 (age 23) 9 0 Mozambique Costa do Sol
3MF Geraldo Matsimbe (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 27) 8 0 Portugal Amora
3MF Kamo-Kamo (1999-07-19) 19 July 1999 (age 20) 7 0 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo

4FW Luís Miquissone (1995-07-25) 25 July 1995 (age 24) 34 9 South Africa Chippa United
4FW Clésio Baúque (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 25) 31 5 Azerbaijan Gabala
4FW Maninho (1988-03-30) 30 March 1988 (age 31) 28 4 Mozambique Ferroviário Beira
4FW Reginaldo Faife (1990-06-04) 4 June 1990 (age 29) 27 3 Kazakhstan Shakhter Karagandy
4FW Witi (1996-08-26) 26 August 1996 (age 23) 18 1 Portugal Nacional
4FW Dayo António (1988-08-20) 20 August 1988 (age 31) 13 3 Mozambique Ferroviário Beira
4FW Stanley Ratifo (1994-12-05) 5 December 1994 (age 24) 13 2 Germany 1. CfR Pforzheim
4FW Geny Catamo (2001-01-26) 26 January 2001 (age 18) 1 1 Portugal Sporting CP

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Mozambique União Songo v.  Guinea-Bissau, 23 March 2019

DF Danilo Muzé (1997-04-19) 19 April 1997 (age 22) 9 0 Mozambique Maxaquene v.  Madagascar, 4 August 2019
DF Manucho (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 29) 6 0 Mozambique Costa do Sol v.  Madagascar, 4 August 2019
DF David Malembana (1995-10-11) 11 October 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv v.  Mauritius, 10 September 2019 PRE
DF Jeitoso (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 28) 25 3 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Mambucho (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 29) 6 0 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Agenor (1996-03-05) 5 March 1996 (age 23) 3 0 Mozambique União Songo 2019 COSAFA Cup
DF Chico Muchanga (1991-11-05) 5 November 1991 (age 28) 26 0 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo v.  Zambia, 18 November 2018

MF Raúl (1997-05-04) 4 May 1997 (age 22) 17 0 Mozambique Costa do Sol v.  Madagascar, 4 August 2019
MF Candinho (1997-10-06) 6 October 1997 (age 22) 2 0 Mozambique União Songo v.  Madagascar, 4 August 2019
MF Amadú (1996-03-12) 12 March 1996 (age 23) 2 0 Mozambique União Songo v.  Madagascar, 4 August 2019
MF Domingues Pelembé (1983-11-13) 13 November 1983 (age 36) 82 16 South Africa Bidvest Wits 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Nelson Divrassone (1993-06-20) 20 June 1993 (age 26) 9 1 Mozambique Costa do Sol 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Nilton (1997-12-08) 8 December 1997 (age 21) 4 0 Mozambique Costa do Sol 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Heldinho (1995-12-07) 7 December 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Mozambique Chibuto 2019 COSAFA Cup
MF Gildo Vilanculos (1995-01-31) 31 January 1995 (age 24) 14 1 Portugal Amora v.  Zambia, 18 November 2018

FW Jafete[8] Unknown 0 0 Mozambique Incomáti 2019 COSAFA Cup
FW Lau King (1995-04-09) 9 April 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Mozambique União Songo 2019 COSAFA Cup INJ
FW Isac Carvalho (1989-06-27) 27 June 1989 (age 30) 28 5 Mozambique Costa do Sol 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.

Records[edit]

Most capped players[edit]

As of September 10, 2019
Players in bold are still active.
# Name International Career Caps Goals
1. Tico-Tico 1992–2010 123? 27
2. Chiquinho Conde 1985–2001 98[9] 9?
3. Dário Monteiro 1996–2011 88 16
4. Domingues 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– 52 1
João Kapango 2000–2012 50? 0
10. Mexer 2008–2015 48 2

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of September 10, 2019
Players in bold are still active.
# Name International Career Goals Caps
1. Tico-Tico 1992–2010 27 123
2. Dário Monteiro 1996–2011 16 88
Domingues Pelembé 2004– 16 82
3. Jojó Fernandes 1989–2003 11 77
4. Chiquinho Conde 1985–2001 9 98
5. Luís Miquissone 2015– 9 34
Miró Lobo 2004–2015 8 79
6. Sonito 2008– 7 34
7. Josemar Machaisse 2008–2015 6 48
8. Clésio Baúque 2011- 5 31

Previous squads[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations

Honours[edit]

  • 2013 (Plate Winners)

References[edit]

  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. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 25 November 2019. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Matine takes over from Xavier as new Mozambique coach". July 22, 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  5. ^ "Mozambique appoint Abel Xavier as new national coach". January 26, 2016 – via www.bbc.com.
  6. ^ "Mozambique - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  7. ^ "LUÍS GONÇALVES PREPARA APURAMENTO PARA O MUNDIAL COM 24 JOGADORES". Abola.pt.
  8. ^ "ABOLA.PT - Moçambique - Jafete entra para o lugar do lesionado Lau King nos Mambas" Check |url= value (help). Abola.pt.
  9. ^ "Chiquinho Conde :: Francisco Queriol Conde Júnior". www.thefinalball.com.

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