Mozambique has been building a strong national team in the past few years as they look to qualify for major tournaments after years of failing to make an impact in the international stage. FARPost looks at the top five footballers from the Southern African country plying their trade abroad.
EDSON ANDREW SITOE
The 32-year-old defender was born in Maputo, but moved to Portugal to join giants Sporting Lisbon 10 years ago. He began his career with Grupo Desportivo Maputo before being scouted by the Lisbon side who roped him to join their youth ranks.
Sitoe later joined lower tier side Olhanense on a permanent deal after impressing while on loan in the 2011/12 season. Later the defender earned a move to Nacional where he played 52 games in two seasons.
Stade Rennes then signed the tall centre back in 2014 and he played 120 Ligue 1 games in the five years he spent at the club before his move to his current club Bordeaux last season.
REINILDO ISNARD MANDAVA
Born in Beira, Mandava began his football career with local club Ferroviario da Beira in 2012 before being snapped up by SL Benfica in December 2015. He immediately joined the club’s reserve side in the second division of Portugal and in 2017 he was loaned out to Sporting da Covilha for one season.
A move to SAD Belenenses popped up and his impressive displays with the Lisbon-based side earned him a move to French side LOSC Lille in January 2019. He initially joined Lille on loan with a €3 million option to purchase at the end of the season. In May 2019, it was confirmed that Lille had completed the permanent purchase of Mandava.
The man famously known as ‘Witi’ was born in the city of Beira in Mozambique and played his youth football for local club Sporting Club Beira. In June 2014, he moved to Portugal to join the youth set-up of C.D Nacional.
On the 11th of January 2015 he made his senior debut with Nacional in a home win against Boavista in the Primeira Liga. It did not take long for the attacker to make an impact as he scored his first goal for the club three days later. The 26-year-old has made 19 appearances for Nacional since making his debut.
ZAINADINE ABDULA CHAVANGO JUNIOR
One of the more experienced players in the national team, Chavango has only played in two countries since leaving his home club Desportivo Maputo back in 2008. The defender has only played for Chinese side Tianjin Teda and his current club Maritimo where he has played 45 games between 2017 and this season.
The 25-year-old defender was born in Germany to Mozambican parents. He currently plays as a defender for Bulgarian club Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the top-flight of the country. The young defender has also featured for clubs like Dynamo Dresden II and Goslarer SC 08.
He spent three seasons with Berliner FC Dynamo before joining Lokomotiv last year.
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