Mozambique up nine places in FIFA ranking
National football team the Mambas are to play their South Africa counterparts in a friendly game at the Zimpeto National Stadium at 7:00 pm today. Tickets cost 100 and 200 meticais for open and shaded benches respectively.
The Mambas, who have never beaten Bafana-Bafana, want to break the run of bad luck, while the South Africans want to maintain the status quo. Both coaches want to make this game a moment to reinforce productive capacity and confidence in their teams.
Mambas coach Abel Xavier has warned his players to go on the field focused on winning the last FIFA match of the year.
“In a game there are three possible outcomes, but we only think of one, which is winning. We want a win to cap off a great sporting season,” Xavier said on Monday at the launch of the challenge.
The national team coach sees Bafana-Bafana as a difficult opponent, similar to the Kenya and Togo sides that the teamed faced recently.
“I want to make the team competitive, which is why we have played against teams with great potential, something that did not happen before. There were very few friendly matches. We played against Kenya in a game where we performed well. I liked the reaction of the team in the second half and it is this attitude that I want players to show against South Africa. I want an increasingly competitive team,” he said.
Former Nacional da Madeira player Zainadine Júnior, one of the mainstays of the Mozambican team, was in doubt for the game. The defender has muscle complaints and has trained sparingly. This morning, the medical department was to make a final decision on the player, who currently plays with Tiajin Teda of China.Source: Folha de Maputo / A Bola