Area 799,380 sq km
Capital City Maputo
Official language Portuguese
President Filipe Nyusi
FEDERATION MOZAMBICANA DE FUTEBOL
President Feizal Sidat
Affiliated to FIFA 1980
Affiliated to CAF 1978
Mozambique were finalists at the Africa Cup of Nations as recently as 2010, their fourth appearance at the continental showpiece. Each time they have exited in the first round, but there are many who believe in the rich potential of the country’s footballers. The side is currently coached by João Chissano.
MOZAMBIQUE COSAFA CUP HISTORY
Mozambique have twice been finalists in the COSAFA Cup competition but so far have yet to lift the trophy.
They were beaten in the 2008 decider by South Africa, and then fell just short when they lost to Namibia in the COSAFA Cup 2015 for another case of close but no cigar for the talented nation.
They have also finished third on three occasions – in 1997, 2004 and 2009.
Since the introduction of the knockout competition in 1999, they have reached the quarter-finals four times but had the misfortune of being drawn away to Zambia on each occasion and lost.
The side were ousted from the quarterfinals of the 2013 Cosafa Cup finals, but went on to win the Plate final, beating Angola 1-0 in the decider.
Mozambique are one of several Cosafa members who have represented the region at the African Nations Cup finals. The Mambas reached the finals of the African Nations Cup in South Africa in 1996 and again in Burkina Faso in 1998.
They were also participants in 1986 African Nations Cup finals in Egypt, as well as the 2010 event in Angola.
The country is most renowned for producing some of the most famous African footballing exports to Europe like Eusebio, Hilario, Matateu and Mario Coluna, who later served as president of the Mozambican Football Federation.
All theses players were lost to Portugal before independence in 1975, but since then Mozambique have set out to create their own identity in the world of soccer.
COSAFA CUP RESULT RECORD
|3-3-97||Somhlolo||SWAZILAND||4-0||Adelino 3, Eurico|
|15-6-97||Maputo||TANZANIA||3-0||Tico-Tico 2, Adelino|
|13-6-04||Maputo||MALAWI||2-0||Mabedi (og), To|
|25-5-15||Phokeng||MALAWI||2-2||Malata og, Mzava og|