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Debt accumulated over the years has forced FIFA to block Maxaquene’s professional licence. As long as the situation prevails, the footballing colossus of the capital will only be allowed to compete in amateur divisions and at training levels.
The information was revealed yesterday to ‘Notícias’ by the chairman of the “tricolour” Management Committee, Domingos Langa, who added that the blocking was automatic under the FIFA connect system, due to the historic club’s excess of liabilities.
Money is owed to players and coaches as well as other workers. It has been almost three years without some of them seeing the “colour of the money”.
“We don’t meet some FIFA requirements, so this year we can’t compete at professional level – only as amateurs and in the formation layers. FIFA has withheld our licence and we will only be able to rectify the situation by liquidating our debts, something which is, unfortunately, unsustainable for Maxaquene at this time,” Langa explained.
According to Langa, the debts amount to two million US dollars (approximately 130 million meticais), if one includes the debts contracted with service providers, hotels and for lack of channelling payments to the social security system.
“We are not doing well [financially] and our integrating companies (LAM and Aeroportos de Moçambique) are not in a position to pay these debts. I don’t know how we are going to get out of this situation but we are working to reverse it.All I can say is that our concern, as the Management Commission, is to rebuild the Club and seriously invest in training. We have to analyse what has failed and what can leverage Maxaquene in the near future, forgetting about the past,” he said.
The Clube de Desportos do Maxaquene, usually known simply as Maxaquene, is a sports club based in Maputo, Mozambique. The club’s nickname is ‘Maxaca’.
Currently besides football (soccer) there are two indoor sports namely basketball (CD Maxaquene Basketball) and handball. In such sports Maxaquene is only the club with the most national titles after independence.
Maxaquene won its first post-independence title in football, the Taça de Moçambique, in 1978.
Prior to Mozambique’s independence from Portugal, Maxaquene was known as Sporting Clube de Lourenço Marques, or simply Sporting de Lourenço Marques (Lourenço Marques being the name for Maputo before independence).
It was under this name that the legendary Eusébio played for the club.
The club plays their home soccer matches at the ‘Estádio do Maxaquene’, which has a maximum capacity of 15,000 people.