Football in Mozambique
Football is without doubt the most popular sport and is extremely important for the youth of Mozambique. However, football must be regarded from two different angles: before and after Portuguese colonial rule, which came to an end in 1975. In the 1950s, Mozambique provided Portugal with countless talented footballers. Mário Esteves Coluna (the current president of the national association) was the first African player to lift the European Champion Clubs' Cup. Like Coluna, Eusébio da Silva Ferreira led Benfica to further glory in the European Champion Clubs' Cup and also played for the New York Cosmos towards the end of his career. Both men played for the Portuguese national team that finished third at the 1966 FIFA World Cup in England. Other famous players from that era include Costa Perreira, Augosto, Hilário, Nene and Armando. The Mozambique FA was formed in 1976 after the country gained independence, and the national team qualified for the finals of the African Cup of Nations in 1986, 1996 and 1998. The most famous person from Mozambique currently in the public eye is the coach Carlos Queiroz. He was born in Mozambique and has enjoyed a successful career as a coach in Europe, America and Asia. He was recently employed by Real Madrid as coach for the 2003/2004 season. Finally, Ferroviário de Moçambique is perhaps the most active club in the entire world. It is represented in 30 of the 110 districts in Mozambique, and in each of these districts, the club has a football/multi-purpose playing field, a 5,000-seat stand and a building that acts as a local base for the club.
The first Goal Project
On 8 April 2002, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter opened the new technical centre in Namaacha (75km from the capital city of Maputo and 3km from the border with Swaziland). This centre was financed by Goal and FIFA's Financial Assistance Programme, while the Mozambique Government donated the necessary land for the centre, which has three pitches, dressing rooms, floodlight installations and a swimming pool. Thanks to these new facilities, the national association will no longer have to spend as much money on training camps for their national teams. The national association also recently drew up a long-term development plan until 2010, concentrating on the development of youth football. Women's football is also high on the list of priorities as the game is very popular with girls in Mozambique. There are approximately 4,000 registered female players at the moment. The league championship is broken down into regional competitions.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Technical centre in Namaacha
Project approved
4 July 2001
Opened on 8 April 2002
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 48,000 Government Land Total cost USD 448,000