All Aboard! The Maputo Express @ 10th All Africa Games

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 2:28 pm (UTC-4)
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#11 Maria Mutola in action at All Africa Games

Mozambique’s national women’s football team lost both its matches and scored only one goal at the 10th All Africa Games in Maputo, but the squad got a lot of attention because of its inspirational, 38-year-old captain Maria Mutola. The former 800-meter track star grew up playing soccer against boys, and she got a chance in her home city to show off her football skills again at the African sports festival.

In Mozambique’s 7-1 loss to Algeria, Mutola scored her team’s only goal just before the halftime break. Nicknamed The Maputo Express during her athletic career, Maria now lives in Johannesburg, and she says she’s been playing football the past few years in a South African women’s league.

Mozambique fielded a young and inexperienced women’s team in Maputo that was put together only a few months ago. Mutola says she was called in to bolster the team and she very much enjoyed the opportunity to compete in the biggest sporting event her country has hosted.

Maria Mutola is arguably Mozambique’s biggest sports star. Her athletics career spanned more than 20 years, during which she won three world outdoor titles and seven world indoor titles at 800-meters. She also competed in six Olympics, and at the 2000 Sydney Games became the first and only Mozambican to win an Olympic gold medal when she won the 800-meter final.

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3 responses to “All Aboard! The Maputo Express @ 10th All Africa Games”

  1. Maria is a great woman that has contributed a lot to the sports World both in athletics and football.For her to score the only goal for Mozambique,shows her skills and talent as a great sports star.I also admire her patriotism.

  2. Sonny Young says:

    Hi Magnus. Thank you for your comments. It was one of my all-time sporting thrills to meet Maria “The Maputo Express” Mutola at the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Edmonton, Canada. Maria won the gold medal in the 800 meters in Edmonton. It was one of her three world outdoor titles – she also won gold @ Stuttgart 1993 and Paris 2003.

    Sporty regards,

    Sonny

  3. nike forsander lorentsen says:

    I’m always been a fan of maria mutola. so her for the first time some years ago and was very impressed…I didn´t now the nickname “the maputo express”…lol…and it’s great she still is going on/strong…

    best regards
    nike

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