Maputo - Mozambique will send police officers to South Africa to help with security during next month's FIFA World Cup, Mozambican state media reported on Tuesday.
"South Africa asked for our co-operation for the success of the FIFA World Cup and in answer we will appoint officials of various police branches, including the Police Criminal Investigation and Protection Police units," Radio Mocambique quoted national Mozambican police spokesperson, Pedro Cossa, as having said at a news conference.
"The World Cup is not only the problem of the host country, but also our pre-occupation and that of the whole southern Africa region, because the reputation of the region is at stake," Cossa said.
Cossa said the country took "into account the mobility of armed gangs, who have been restricted by the South African police as the kick-off date of the World Cup approaches".
The two countries' police services had often worked together in the past on trans-frontier crimes, he said.
South African police officers last week visited their Mozambican counterparts to find one of the men who assaulted one-year-old baby Marzanne Kruger and her minder Francina Sekhu during a robbery at their home in Johannesburg on April 22.
The man, Chakhoma Machaba, 28, is believed to have fled to Mozambique.