FIFA World Cup Legendary Conde vows to qualify Mozambique to major tournaments

Legendary Mozambique forward Chiquinho Conde has discussed his decision to take up the coaching role of the national team.

The former striker is an icon of his national team. Until 2010, he was the only Mozambican to play at three editions of the AFCON (1986, 1996, 1998) – a feat that was only equalled by Tico-Tico in 2010. The problem, however, was that the country failed to qualify for the continental championship again for another 13 years.

That long absence hurt the team and their fans, prompting the search for a new coach who could revolutionize football in Mozambique. It was no coincidence that the man tasked with restoring the country’s fortunes in 2021 was Conde, who only two years later secured qualification to the 2023 AFCON.

“In 1987 I was the first Mozambican after independence to play professionally abroad, paving the way for others to follow,” said Conde as quoted by the official FIFA website. “Now, I’m back as coach to qualify us for major tournaments.

“Restoring self-esteem to the Mozambican fans was a challenge I embraced from day one. I sincerely hope to continue this upward trajectory and promote change in Mozambican football.

“However, this is not something I can do on my own. I’m not a magician and don’t have a magic wand. Primarily, I need support to make progress. These brilliant players here will continue to make me the best coach.”

  • By FIFA website.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with en.Africatopsports.com.

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