Mozambicans are quite passionate about their sports; with a strong focus on soccer and to a lesser extent on other sports. There are many opportunities for hobbies and recreational activities, but as they can be quite expensive at times, you will find that most Mozambicans cannot participate. As with most other facets of this beautiful country, the lack of infrastructure combined with the levels of poverty have had a profound effect on the development of sports and hobbies across the country.
As a result, many of the most popular sports are those that don’t require a lot of money to play.
Soccer, sometimes known as soccer because of Portuguese influence, is very popular in Mozambique as well as other African nations. You will often find yourself with children and adults having a casual game whenever possible, especially on the weekends. The structure for proper club football is not as good as in other countries due to infrastructure challenges, but there are still some professional clubs. There is a lot of exchange between Portugal and Mozambique in terms of soccer, with players and teams from each country regularly playing against each other and against each other.
Athletics is a sport that is not widely practiced as it should be, given the relative ease of participation. Mozambique sometimes exceeds their weight in this field of sport, having won a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, proving that they can compete at the highest level.
Unlike most other southern African nations, basketball is a very popular sport in Mozambique. While internationally recognized since 1978, the Mozambique national team has yet to win any notable championships. This, of course, has not dampened enthusiasm for the sport and it is still quite widespread.
The martial arts sport of Capoeira is starting to take off in Mozambique, and the popularity is growing at a rapid pace.
Stadiums and sports facilities in Mozambique are scarce, and some world-class facilities are recently being built with foreign investment. Outlying areas tend to have few or no facilities, while soccer clubs seem to attract all the investment. The newest and best stadium is the Estadio do Zimpeto, which opened in 2011 and has a capacity of 42,000 people. Although it is promoted as a multipurpose stadium, it is used almost exclusively for soccer matches.
The types of hobbies available in Mozambique are generally all physical and outdoor. The most popular hobbies include:
- Fishing: With a considerable coastline, Mozambique is well known for fishing. This takes the form of recreational and subsistence fishing. The country is well known for sport fishing and is largely unspoiled, making it a firm favorite with local and international visitors.
- Water sports: Any type of sport that involves water, be it sailing, diving, or just swimming, is quite popular due to the hot weather and water.
- Sandboarding: Being a fairly easy sport to learn and not always requiring a lot of equipment, sandboarding is a relatively new hobby that is starting to get quite popular.