Mozambique national football team
|Association||Mozambique Football Federation|
|Head coach||João Chissano|
|Top scorer||Tico-Tico (27)|
|Home stadium||Estádio do Zimpeto|
|FIFA ranking||116 8|
|Highest FIFA ranking||66 (November 1996)|
|Lowest FIFA ranking||134 (July 2005)|
|Highest Elo ranking||85 (September 1985)|
|Lowest Elo ranking||147 (July 2000)|
| Mozambique 1–2 Tanzania
(Mozambique; 12 December 1977)
| Mozambique 6–1 Lesotho
(Mozambique; 10 August 1980)
| Zimbabwe 6–0 Mozambique
(Salisbury, Zimbabwe; 20 April 1980)
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||4 (First in 1986)|
|Best result||Round 1|
The Mozambique national football team (Portuguese: equipa nacional de futebol de Moçambique), 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 106th in the FIFA World Rankings, with their highest ever ranking of 66th in November 1996.
- 1 History
- 2 World Cup record
- 3 African Nations Cup record
- 4 Players
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Mozambique played its first match against Tanzania in 1977, losing the match 2–1. They first qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 1986, but were knocked out in the first round. Mozambique never qualified for another 10 years until 1996. Again being knocked out in the first round of the tournament.
1986 African Nations Cup
Mozambique qualified for its first Africa Cup of Nations in 1986, held in Egypt, beating Mauritius 3–0 in the preliminary round. In the first round of qualifying, Mozambique played Malawi, drawing both legs of the match, they eventually won 6–5 on penalties. In the second round of qualifying they played Libya, losing the first leg 2–1. They won the second leg 2–1 and then went on to win the match 4–3 on penalties, Qualifying for the tournament.
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 qualufy 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.
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 Tanazania 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.
World Cup record
|1930 to 1978||Did not enter|
|1982||Did not qualify|
|1986||Did not enter|
|1994 to 2014||Did not qualify|
African Nations Cup record
|African Cup of Nations|
|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|
|1963||Did not enter||1982||Did not qualify||2000||Did not qualify|
|1965||Did not enter||1984||Did not qualify||2002||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|
The following players have also been called up to the Mozambique squad within the last few months.
- 1986 African Cup of Nations squads – Mozambique
- 1996 African Cup of Nations squads – Mozambique
- 1998 African Cup of Nations squads – Mozambique
- 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squads – Mozambique
- Földesi, László. "Manuel José Luis "Tico-Tico" Bucuane - Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
- "Maquisardes entre os convocados dos "Mambas"". Angola Press. 28 February 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.