Still a Glamour Boy at Heart – Macamo

Mozambican – Jose Macamo has described playing for Kaizer Chiefs between 2001 – 2003 as a pinnacle point in his footballing career. caught up with Jose ‘Mr Letter’ Macamo in his own backyard in Mozambique.

The Amakhosi are in Maputo to play in the 2nd Leg of the 1st Round of the CAF Champions League against Liga Desportiva Muçulmana de Maputo (Mozambique).

Macamo joined Chiefs from Costa do Sol, the powerhouse of Mozambique football in 2001.

“I played for Chiefs from 2001 to 2003. I took over Siyabonga Nomvethe’ jersey number 23. Nomvethe had left Amakhosi to play in Italy. I was part of the Chiefs Team that won the Mandela Cup in 2001,” said Macamo with supreme confidence.

“When I arrived in 2001 we played in the Vodacom Challenge and in the final we met Ghana’s Hearts of Oak. I scored the winning spot kick after the fulltime score ended at 0-0. I was called to take the last penalty and scored to make it 3 – 2 victory for Chiefs,” commented Macamo.

‘Mr Letter’?

“I used to write messages to display when I scored goals. The first message I wrote which caught many by surprise was a happy birthday message to my 2 year old son. The letter was a gift to my son and the supporters. It was after I had scored the fourth goal for Chiefs in the 4 – 2 victory over Santos in Cape Town in 2001,” said Macamo.

Macamo tells an interesting story of his career at Costa do Sol FC.

“Before I left Cost do Sol, the previous year we won the League, Mozambique Cup and the Super Cup. When I was away playing in South Africa, Cost do Sol did not win any silverware. I returned to Costa do Sol in 2007 after a stint with Dynamos in South Africa. Chiefs loaned me to Dynamos in 2004. When I returned in 2007, Costa do Sol won the League and Mozambique Cup,” said Macamo.

The left footed midfielder speaks fondly about his playing days at Kaizer Chiefs. Macamo is currently working for Costa do Sol as part of the Administration and he doubles up as Coach for the U14.

Macamo describes Mozambique football as stable and organised. “We just lack in talent that is able to attract the supporters to the stadium. The league is good but you cannot compare the Teams here with Kaizer Chiefs, Chiefs operate at a different level,” said Macamo.

Macamo’s memories of the past will be rekindled when the Amakhosi take to the pitch on Saturday 8 March 2014, kickoff is at 18:00.

The venue is Estadio Nacional do Zimpeto National Stadium in Maputo and tickets will be sold on match day at the stadium at a price of 100 metacals or R40.

For ticketing pre-sale contact Mr Mahomed Rafik Sidat at +258843004980.