Soon after leading Mozambique for their first-ever FIFA 16 points Futsal Globe Cup finals, captain and goal-scoring leading man Ricardo Muendane said he was not sure he would end up being making the day at Colombia. “For me personally, taking the team towards the World Cup was the finish of my street. We have numerous, many young gamers. They need to visit that kind of competition to understand. ”
But once the 35-year-old Golden Trunk winner arrived in Mozambique, he was normally begged to reconsider and visit Colombia 2016 within September. “Many individuals, all around the nation, even politicians and my loved ones all said which i should navigate to the World Cup. So ultimately I said: OKAY, I will proceed, ” the chief recently told FIFA.com.
It had been a boost towards the sport, which has experienced a growth since qualification. “The sport isn’t very big within Mozambique as football is a lot more popular. However after we competent, it was an enormous thing as all of us made history and suddenly individuals are talking about futsal, phoning us heroes. People recognise me about the street and inside my work and during my neighbourhood I ‘m always being asked about this. They go from their way in order to wish us good fortune in Colombia. ”
Luck will be considered a welcome component for that side after being drawn right into a tough group along with five-time champions South america, Australia and Ukraine, who finished fifth in the last edition within Thailand in 2012. “We know the teams are extremely good, and it will likely be very difficult. Previously Brazil we have faced 2 or 3 times, and they’re a powerful aspect. Ukraine are also quite strong. We do not really know much regarding Australia. ”
It’s probably a accounts of his huge experience, that Ricardo is actually realistic about Mozambique’s likelihood of making the knock-out phase. “We are likely to Colombia so the new players may gain experience. African teams in the World Cup need not think about winning the big event. We go presently there to participate and find out about futsal because our cup may be the Africa Cup associated with Nations. We want to achieve around we can, but mainly you want to go to discover. It is difficult for us to visit the World Mug to win – absolutely no, no, no. At the Globe Cup we may play against better teams and that’s what it is about. ”
Not remarkably, Mozambique’s coach, Abdul Naymo, says he disagrees together with his captain, but that you need to take the occasion one stage at any given time. “My expectation would be to reach the 2nd round, which I know that it will likely be difficult, but we works hard to handle this. ”
At the forefront
Muendane, who lives together with his wife and two young kids in Mozambique’s funds Maputo, works in a water company and it is nicknamed Dino. He believes the actual team’s success in the Africa Cup associated with Nations in Southern Africa, where they completed third to be eligible for a Colombia was right down to the blend within the team. “We had 5 or six players with lots of futsal experience. We went to numerous tournaments and performed in Brazil as well as Portugal. And the coach were able to mix our encounter with newcomers, lots of whom are excellent. ”
After successful their group within South Africa, Mozambique were outdone by Morocco within the semi-finals, but they guaranteed the third-place complete they needed having a penalty shoot-out towards Zambia. “We did not need to visit penalties. We played a lot better than Zambia. When we reached South Africa, we thought that people could qualify for that World Cup simply because we were very lucky using the draw [avoiding North African teams Egypt, Libya and Morocco]. We knew we didn’t need to win or complete second, and ultimately we were pleased to finish third and reach the planet Cup. ”
With regard to Naymo, Ricardo, who won their second Golden Ball within the CAF event after also doing this in 2008, is really a key figure within the team. “I choose Ricardo because captain because he has lots of experience in management. He is extremely important as all the actual players respect him or her. I think in Colombia the planet will see his determination and also the goals he ratings. ”.