Best finish: Fourth (2002)
FIFA Ranking: 170
CAF Ranking: 38
Last five tournaments:
2017 – Group Stage
2018 – Group Stage
2019 – Group Stage
2020 – Did not enter
2021 – Group Stage
Mozambique appeared at the very first COSAFA Women’s Championship in 2002 and excelled, reaching the semifinals before they were handed an 11-1 defeat by hosts Zimbabwe in the knockout round.
They have not managed to match that feat of a semifinal place since but can look back with pride on victories over Eswatini (2-0) and Botswana (7-1) in those inaugural championships.
They also competed in the regional showpiece finals in 2011 but managed just a single point in the pool stages.
They had mixed success in 2017, losing to East African guest nation Kenya (2-5), drawing with Eswatini (2-2) and beating Mauritius (3-0). The team beat Lesotho 2-1 at the championships in 2018, but also lost to Zambia (0-3) and Central African guest nation Cameroon (1-8) to bow out at the pool stages.
The side struggled in 2019, losing all three games to finish bottom of their pool. They were defeated 1-3 by Eswatini, before a 0-4 loss to Zimbabwe and a 1-3 reversal against Angola.
The team did not compete in 2020 due to challenges around the COVID-19 pandemic but returned last year to take their place again.
They opened with a 2-2 draw against Angola, but then narrowly lost to eventual finalists Malawi 3-2 and were beaten 3-1 by South Africa.
It may have been a disappointment return in terms of points, but Mozambique showed in those games how competitive a side they are, and they will be no pushovers again.
Mozambique’s first ever international was a 3-0 win over Lesotho in 1998, with their biggest victory a 9-0 defeat of Namibia in 2006.