Mozambique national football team
|Association||Mozambique Football Federation|
|Head coach||Abel Xavier|
|Most caps||Chiquinho Conde (98)|
|Top scorer||Tico-Tico (27)|
|Home stadium||Estádio do Zimpeto|
|Current||113 1 (20 September 2018)|
|Highest||66 (November 1997)|
|Lowest||134 (July 2005, September 2006)|
|Current||130 (30 August 2018)|
|Highest||85 (September 1985)|
|Lowest||147 (July 2000)|
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|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 World Cup record
- 3 African Nations Cup record
- 4 Recent results and fixtures
- 5 Players
- 6 Records
- 7 Honours
- 8 References
- 9 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. Zaire defeated Mozambique 7-3 over two legs in the first round.
1986 African Nations Cup
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.
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.
World Cup record
|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||Qualification yet to start|
African Nations Cup record
|African Cup of Nations|
|Titles: 0 |
|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|
|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|
Recent results and fixtures
Win Draw Loss
|27 May 2018 2018 COSAFA Cup||Madagascar||2–1||Mozambique||Polokwane, South Africa|
||Stadium: Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
Referee: Bernard Camille (Seychelles)
|29 May 2018 2018 COSAFA Cup||Mozambique||3–0||Comoros||Polokwane, South Africa|
|17:00 (SAST)||Report||Stadium: Seshego Stadium
Referee: Jackson Pavaza (Namibia)
|31 May 2018 2018 COSAFA Cup||Mozambique||2–1||Seychelles||Polokwane, South Africa|
||Stadium: Peter Mokaba Stadium
Referee: Thando Ndzandzeka (South Africa)
|8 September 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Mozambique||2–2||Guinea-Bissau||Maputo, Mozambique|
|17:00 (CAT)||Report||Stadium: Estádio do Zimpeto
Referee: Ahmad Imtehaz Heeralall (Mauritius)
|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||v||Mozambique||Windhoek, Namibia|
|19:00 (CAT)||Report||Stadium: Sam Nujoma Stadium
Referee: Jean Marc Ganamandji (Central African Republic)
|16 November 2018 2019 AFCONQ||Mozambique||v||Zambia||Maputo, Mozambique|
|Report||Stadium: Estádio do Zimpeto
|22 March 2019 2019 AFCONQ||Guinea-Bissau||v||Mozambique||Bissau, Guinea-Bissau|
|Stadium: Estádio 24 de Setembro
The following players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Guinea-Bissau on 8 September 2018.
Caps and goals updated as of 8 September 2018 after the game against Guinea Bissau.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|1||GK||José Guirrugo||3 June 1992||10||0||Costa do Sol|
|16||GK||Víctor Timana||5 February 1978||4||0||Nancala|
|22||GK||Leonel Pendula||12 February 1981||0||0||União Songo|
|2||DF||Nanani||8 February 1996||2||0||Liga Muçulmana|
|3||DF||Zainadine Júnior||24 June 1988||46||0||Marítimo|
|8||DF||Edmilson Dove||18 July 1994||18||0||Cape Town City|
|15||DF||Reinildo Mandava||21 January 1994||13||2||Covilhã|
|17||DF||Mexer||8 September 1987||43||1||Stade Rennais|
|45||DF||Chico Muchanga||5 November 1991||26||0||Ferroviário Maputo|
|DF||Jeitoso||5 April 1991||19||2||Ferroviário Maputo|
|7||MF||Domingues Pelembé (Captain)||13 November 1983||78||16||Bidvest Wits|
|4||MF||Nené||15 November 1996||2||0||Costa do Sol|
|5||MF||Geraldo Matsimbe||22 October 1992||5||0||Amora|
|26||MF||Mustafá Salimo||4 May 1997||11||0||Costa do Sol|
|28||MF||Manuel Kambala||21 August 1991||9||0||União Songo|
|MF||Telinho||15 October 1988||28||0||Liga Muçulmana|
|MF||Clésio Baúque||11 October 1994||26||4||Panetolikos|
|MF||Lóló Warumua||20 April 1990||16||0||Ferroviário Maputo|
|9||FW||Maninho||30 March 1988||21||3||Ferroviário Beira|
|11||FW||Luís Miquissone||25 July 1995||27||9||Chippa United|
|19||FW||Witi||26 August 1996||9||0||Nacional|
|25||FW||Dayo António||20 August 1988||7||1||Ferroviário Beira|
|44||FW||Stanley Ratifo||5 December 1994||4||1||1. CfR Pforzheim|
|FW||Reginaldo Faife||4 June 1990||22||2||Kukësi|
|FW||Gildo Vilanculos||31 January 1995||14||1||Amora|
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||Júlio Franque||29 November 1996||2||0||Ferroviário Maputo||2018 COSAFA Cup|
|GK||Ricardo Campos||14 July 1985||17||0||Leiria||v. Kenya, 2 September 2017|
|DF||Mano||28 April 1984||33||1||União Songo||2018 COSAFA Cup|
|DF||Salomão Mondlane||2 October 1995||4||1||Costa do Sol||v. Kenya, 2 September 2017|
|MF||Cremildo||12 June 1986||8||0||União Songo||2018 COSAFA Cup|
|MF||Kamo-Kamo||19 July 1999||3||0||Ferroviário Maputo||2018 COSAFA Cup|
|MF||Danilo Muzé||19 April 1997||3||0||Maxaquene||2018 COSAFA Cup|
|MF||Kito||23 May 1984||38||1||Ferroviário Maputo||v. Kenya, 2 September 2017|
|MF||Diogo||1 March 1989||31||5||Ferroviário Maputo||v. Kenya, 2 September 2017|
|FW||Isac Carvalho||27 June 1989||28||5||Costa do Sol||2018 COSAFA Cup|
|FW||Neymar||16 November 1997||1||0||Liga Muçulmana||2018 COSAFA Cup|
DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
Most capped players
- As of May 31, 2018
- Players in bold are still active.
- As of May 31, 2018
- Players in bold are still active.
- 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
- COSAFA Cup: 1
- 2013 (Plate Winners)
- Földesi, László. "Manuel José Luis "Tico-Tico" Bucuane – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2011-10-08.
- "Mozambique - List of International Matches". www.rsssf.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.