Moçambique’s national team suffered a 0-2 defeat against Algeria on Sunday at the Zimpeto National Stadium in a World Cup 2026 qualifying match. The Algerian team now leads Group G with six points.
Two faulty tackles by Shaquille Nangy and David Malembane undermined the Mambas’ impressive performance. Despite initially putting the Algerian squad under pressure, Mozambique’s pace waned after the 65th minute due to a physical decline.
The Zimpeto National Stadium was filled to capacity, but fans left disappointed as the home team couldn’t secure a win.
The home team showed promising signs early on, with a notable chance at the ninth minute involving Ratifo, Macandza, and Clésio, nearly resulting in a goal. However, the Algerian defense swiftly deflected the ball out for a corner kick, lifting the spirits at Zimpeto.
Algeria tops Group B standings, which also includes Guinea, Botswana, Somalia, and Uganda.
The top team from each group (consisting of nine groups of six teams) automatically qualifies, while the four best second-place teams will enter a playoff to secure spots among the African nations competing in the esteemed global tournament.