The participation of Mozambique in the fifth edition of the COSAFA Women’s Tournament taking place in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, from September 13 to 24, is a unique moment for the Mozambican group to redeem their name and erase the bad memories of the past.
Kenya will be the first opponent to taste of the venom of Mozambique in the inaugural day scheduled for September 14 at Luveve Stadium. Before that Mauritius, who are also in the same group (B) with Mozambique will play against Swaziland (10h30) and South Africa, which is in Group “C” will face Lesotho.
Mozambique’s next game will be on 16 September, where they will lock horns with Swaziland, finishing the group stage with Mauritius on 18 September.
It can be recalled that in 2015 Mozambique faced off with Swaziland in peculiar circumstances in preparation for the COSAFA tournament. In that meeting, Mozambique won 2-0, they later went on to beat Seychelles 7-1 in the second round in Nelspruit, South Africa.
Two years later the women’s soccer team returns to the competitions totally rejuvenated and full of confidence to start a new era to take the first steps towards winning the cup.
Mozambique returns to the football scene after the suspension imposed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was lifted.
It is recalled that in 2013, the Mozambican team was prevented from participating in all international competitions because they failed to appear in a game that should have happened in Kenya, referring to the CAN qualifiers of Algeria.
It is important to remember that in 2012, Mozambique lost ground in the qualifiers to the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Championship which took place in Japan when they were eliminated by Zimbabwe.
Mozambican representatives are leaving no stone unturned as they frantically prepare under the direction of Felizarda Lemos, the new coach of the Mozambican tea, who takes over from Abeneiro Ussaca who worked with the national team for a year.
Although she has not officially been presented by the Mozambican Football Federation (FMF), Fifi, as she is affectionately called is hard at work. She aims at making a name for her self and country trusting in the abilities of her players.
Felizarda Lemos is the first Mozambican woman soccer coach to coach a mens team (Zixaxa) to two Cup finals at the level of the Maputo City Soccer Championship in her first year as a senior coach.
Check below the list of 25 Mozambican players selected for “Operation COSAFA 2017”
Goalkeeper: Elisa, Ana and Atália
Defenses: Aurora, Celia, Joana, Arsenia, Raquel, Janete, Cainara Already and Joana Bilai
Midfield: Deolinda, Isaura, Ticalia Amália Goya, Janet, Betinha Vasco and Cecilia Regina
Forward: Fidélia, Isabel, Steiza, Lúcia Moçambique and Cidália Cuta