Mozambique national football team

Mozambique national football team
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) The Black Mambas
Association Mozambique Football Federation
Sub-confederation COSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Gert Engels
Captain Dário
Top scorer Tico-Tico
(at least 23)[1]
Home stadium Estádio da Machava
FIFA ranking 110
Highest FIFA ranking 66 (November 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking 134 (July 2005)
Elo ranking 123
Highest Elo ranking 85 (September 1985)
Lowest Elo ranking 147 (July 2000)
Home colours
Away colours
First international
Mozambique Mozambique 1–2 Tanzania 
(Mozambique; 12 December 1977)
Biggest win
Mozambique Mozambique 6–1 Lesotho 
(Mozambique; 10 August 1980)
Biggest defeat
 Zimbabwe 6–0 Mozambique Mozambique
(Salisbury, Zimbabwe; 20 April 1980)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 4 (First in 1986)
Best result Round 1 all

The Mozambique national football team (Portuguese: Moçambique equipa nacional de futebol), popularly known as The Black 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.

Mozambique's home ground is Estádio da Machava in the capital city Maputo, and can hold 45,000 spectators. The team's current head coach is Mart Nooij, who has been in charge since 2007.



First game

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 qualifed 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 Morroco 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, then going on to beat Comoros 1–0. But, then a 2–0 and 3–0 loss to Zambia meams The Black Mambas are unlikely to qualify.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Zambia 4 3 0 1 9 1 +8 9
 Libya 4 2 2 0 5 1 +4 8
 Mozambique 4 1 1 2 1 5 −4 4
 Comoros 4 0 1 3 1 9 −8 1

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1978 Did not enter
1982 Did not qualify
1986 Did not enter
1990 Entry rejected
1994 to 2010 Did not qualify
Total 0/18 0 0 0 0 0 0

African Nations Cup record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 0
Appearances: 4
Year Position Year Position Year Position
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Ethiopia 1976 Did not enter Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify
Egypt 1959 Did not enter Ghana 1978 Did not enter South Africa 1996 Round 1
Ethiopia 1962 Did not enter Nigeria 1980 Did not enter Burkina Faso 1998 Round 1
Ghana 1963 Did not enter Libya 1982 Did not qualify GhanaNigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter Côte d'Ivoire 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
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Did not qualify

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game against Zambia on 4 June 2011.

Caps and goals correct as of 22 July 2011.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
GK João Kapango 14 September 1975 (1975-09-14) (age 36) 36 0 Egypt Tersana
GK Bino 21 April 1982 (1982-04-21) (age 29) 6 0 Mozambique Liga Muçulmana
DF Miro 30 April 1982 (1982-04-30) (age 29) 35 5 South Africa Platinum Stars
DF Paíto 5 July 1982 (1982-07-05) (age 29) 32 0 Switzerland Neuchâtel Xamax
DF Mano 28 April 1984 (1984-04-28) (age 27) 29 0 Egypt ENPPI
DF Dário Khan 24 January 1984 (1984-01-24) (age 27) 27 0 Mozambique Liga Muçulmana
DF Whiskey 6 May 1986 (1986-05-06) (age 25) 18 0 Mozambique Ferroviário Maputo
DF Zainadine Júnior 24 June 1988 (1988-06-24) (age 23) 8 0 Mozambique Desportivo de Maputo
MF Domingues 13 November 1983 (1983-11-13) (age 28) 37 5 South Africa Mamelodi Sundowns
MF Genito 3 March 1979 (1979-03-03) (age 32) 33 1 Israel Sektzia Nes Tziona
MF Hagi 29 May 1985 (1985-05-29) (age 26) 29 2 Mozambique Atlético Muçulmano
MF Simão 23 July 1988 (1988-07-23) (age 23) 27 0 Greece Panathinaikos
MF Jumisse 6 June 1984 (1984-06-06) (age 27) 4 0 Portugal Portimonense
MF Nelsinho 2 July 1987 (1987-07-02) (age 24) 2 0 Mozambique Atlético Muçulmano
FW Dário 27 February 1977 (1977-02-27) (age 34) 88 21 Paraguay 3 de Febrero
FW Fumo 22 September 1979 (1979-09-22) (age 32) 27 2 Cyprus Akritas Chlorakas
FW Jerry 21 October 1989 (1989-10-21) (age 22) 11 2 Portugal Académica
FW Hélder Pelembe 20 September 1987 (1987-09-20) (age 24) 9 0 Mozambique Maxaquene


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