MAPUTO (FIBA AfroBasket 2017) - In the lead-up to the FIBA AfroBasket 2017 to be co-hosted by Senegal and Tunisia, we take a closer look at all 16 participating teams competing in the championship running from September 8-16.
NIKE FIBA World Ranking: 61st
Last participation at FIBA AfroBasket: 2015 (2 wins, 3 losses) 11th-place.
Best results in the history of FIBA AfroBasket: Fifth-Place at 1983 FIBA AfroBasket.
Qualified for FIBA AfroBasket 2017: Winners of FIBA Africa Zone 6 Group H against Zimbabwe.
History/Qualification: It's been over three decades since Mozambique last finished on top-five of the African Championship.
Back in 1983, Mozambique finished in Third-Place of Group B behind Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire, and as a result were denied a place in Semi-Finals.
Nevertheless, they defeated Algeria to claim a Fifth-Place finish at the 10-team FIBA AfroBasket held in Alexandria, Egypt.
As much as Mozambique tried to replicate that Fifth-Place, they have never moved beyond the Eighth-Place.
Mozambique emerge as one of the most regulars in the history of the African Championship.
Over the last two decades, Mozambique have participated in all but the 1997 edition of the tournament in Senegal.
Key players: Custodio Muchate and Octavio Magolico.
At the age of 32 and six FIBA AfroBasket appearances under his belt, Magolico is one of Mozambique's most experienced players. A 6ft6in (1.99m) undersized center, Magolico - along with Muchate - are Mozambique's real leaders.
In a recent interview with FIBA.basketball, Magolico hinted at the possibility of retiring from his national career after this year's FIBA AfroBasket.
"I will be a very happy man if we finish in the top six of FIBA AfroBasket," he said at the time.
Rising Star: In his FIBA AfroBasket debut two years ago, 22-year-old Helton Ubisse made his introduction to the world with some eye-catching plays, finishing the tournament with averages of 6.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Other rising stars include Ivan Machava and Hugo Martins.
Outlook: Despite being tireless competitors, it's no secret that Mozambique's lowest point is their short line-up.
But when it comes to running the floor, Mozambique have proven to be one of the most efficient teams on fast-break plays.
Head coach Inaki Garcia is set for his third FIBA AfroBasket at the helm of Mozambique, and he has recently admitted that they will face huge challenges in Group D, which includes Senegal, Egypt, and South Africa.
Possible Outcome: Recent history suggests that Mozambique might struggle to advance to the Final Phase, especially as they go up against title contenders Senegal, an ambitious Egypt side as well as neighbors South Africa, who have been trying to make strides in recent times.
However, Garcia has also revealed: "we have to continue competing as much as we can in order to close the competitiveness gap between the two teams."
"Don't rule us out before seeing us compete," this is Mozambique's motto for the FIBA AfroBasket 2017.