Desportiva Maputo vs. Ferrovial Nacala

Football in NampulaSunday afternoon is a time when many Mozambicans head out to see their local teams play some football. Today, I joined two Mozambican colleagues and my Canadian boss to go see a game here in Nampula. One of the teams was from Maputo and the other was a local team from Nacala, which is about 2 hours away from Nampula. The game was played at the local stadium, which I would compare to what you would find behind a high school in Canada. We each paid about $3 to get in and the place was packed.

It was a great experience – the atmosphere was jovial, with people cheering and heckling in turn. The game itself was pretty good. Maputo was the better team, and won 1-0, but it was a close game with a few lucky saves on both teams’ parts. As you watch the game in the stadium, you can see people sitting on nearby roofs to see the game, with the palm trees swaying in the breeze. It was interesting to see that there were very few women in the crowd. Apparently that is normal, although in Maputo more women attend games. It was a lot of fun and I’m glad I got the chance to go see a local football game!

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2009-07-19 14:22

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