Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has announced that up to 5 000 spectators will be allowed to witness the Mambas in action against Cameroon on matchday four of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers at Estadio Nacional de Zimpoto in Maputo on Monday evening.
Nyusi received the go-ahead at the weekend from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to make it possible for Mozambique and the Indomitable Lions faithfuls to watch the game in strict Covid-19 guidelines at the Stadium this afternoon. Kickoff at 18:00.
In the first match, Mozambique suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Cameroon last Thursday at the Douala Reunification Stadium.
The Mozambique head of state said: “Our National Football Team has on Monday against Cameroon, an important game in Afcon 2021 qualifiers and needs the support of all Mozambicans to achieve a good result. Thus, I decided to authorize the Mozambican Football Federation (FMF) to have the presence of 5 000 viewers in the Zimpeto National Stadium, observing the right distance and proper use of the mask, for the prevention of Covid-19.”
“This exceptional decision is the product of our collective behaviour towards the disease, which puts us as one of the countries recognised worldwide for effective pandemic spread prevention measures.
“However, this recognition does not mean the end of action or our positive collective practices in the fight and prevention of Covid-19, but it is an encouragement to continue to follow responsibly all the rules taken by the authorities,” added Nyusi.
A win for the hosts will boost their chances of qualifying for the African showpiece to be staged in Cameroon 2021 while Cameroon will be looking to complete the double away from home.
Mozambique are currently second in Group F on four points in three matches. Only three points separate the Mambas from leaders Cameroon who have managed to collect seven points in three outings.
“This is a great stimulus not only to Mambas but mostly to Mozambicans who want to support our selection, as well as a test of our organization ability.
“Our behaviour towards this window of opportunity will dictate subsequent decisions in activities with the need for public presence. Let’s all support the MAMBAS,” concluded Nyusi.
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By FARPost Reporter