Mauritania national football team

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Nickname(s) Les Mourabitones
Association Fédération de Football de la République Islamique de Mauritanie
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Corentin Martins
Home stadium Stade Olympique
FIFA ranking 123 Increase 15 (12 February 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 85 (December 1995)
Lowest FIFA ranking 206 (November–December 2012)
Elo ranking 157
Highest Elo ranking 135 (23 July 1983)
Lowest Elo ranking 175 (27 November 1993)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Malagasy Republic 5–1 Mauritania Mauritania
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 25 December 1961)
Biggest win
 Mauritania 8–2 Somalia 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 27 December 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Guinea 14–0 Mauritania Mauritania
(Conakry, Guinea; 1 January 1972)

The Mauritania national football team (French: Équipe de Mauritanie de football; Arabic: منتخب موريتانيا لكرة القدم‎) nicknamed Les Mourabitones, is the national team of Mauritania and is controlled by the Fédération de Football de la République Islamique de Mauritanie and is a member of the Confederation of African Football. They have not qualified for the FIFA World Cup or Africa Cup of Nations. However, in the Amilcar Cabral Cup, a regional tournament for West Africa, Mauritania came fourth in 1980 on hosting the competition. They were later runners-up in 1995, losing on penalties to Sierra Leone after the final finished 0-0.

Mauritania lost all six of their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches, in a group that included Rwanda and Morocco.



Mauritania played its first match after independence from France on 11 April 1963, against Congo Kinshasa (also making their debut) and lost 6-0.[1] The match was held in Dakar, Senegal as part of the L'Amitié tournament between African sides. It also saw the debuts of Chad, Liberia and Niger. Mauritania lost its three other matches in the tournament: 2-0 to the Ivory Coast, 4-0 to Tunisia and 7-0 to Congo Brazzaville.

Mauritania's first goal and avoidance of defeat came four years after their debut, in 1967 with a 1-1 draw away in Tanzania. This was their first match since the L'Amitié tournament in 1963.

Mauritania entered their first African Games qualification campaign, in an aim to reach the 1973 finals in Nigeria. They were drawn in a group against Mali and Guinea in Guinea. The first game was lost 11-0 to Mali, and on 20 May Mauritania lost 14-0 to Guinea. Mauritania did not qualify.

In May 1976 Mauritania entered qualification for the football at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Canada. They were drawn against neighbouring Mali in a two-legged qualifier. The first leg was lost 6-0 away on 1 May, and the second leg was lost 1-0 at home on 18 May. Mali did not qualify for the finals.

Mauritania's first entrance into World Cup qualification was an attempt to reach the 1978 FIFA World Cup in Argentina. In March 1976 they were one of four countries put into two preliminary matches at the start of the African qualification campaign. Mauritania's preliminary was a two-legged match against the Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) and they drew the first match 1-1 away in Ouagadougou in 13 March. This was their first competitive avoidance of defeat, and their first avoidance of defeat since 1967. On 28 March, Mauritania lost their home leg in Nouakchott 2-0 and the Upper Volta advanced 3-1 on aggregate.

On 12 October 1980, seventeen years after their first game, Mauritania won for the first time by beating Mali 2-1 at home in a qualifier for the African Cup of Nations.[2] Mali won 3-2 on aggregate having won the first leg 2-0.

1998 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Mauritania entered qualification for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, which was their first entry in twenty years and second overall. Again, they were drawn to face Burkina Faso in a two-legged preliminary. The first leg was played at home in Nouakchott in front of 15,000 people on 31 May 1996, one day before any other matches in the round. The match finished 0-0.[3] The second leg was played at the Stade du 4-Aout in Ouagadougou on 16 June 1996 in front of 13,000 people. Burkina Faso won 2-0 to advance to the final group phase.

2002 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Mauritania entered the qualification for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and were placed in a preliminary against Tunisia, who had qualified for the previous tournament. On 7 April 2000 they hosted Tunisia at the Stade Olympique in Nouakchott. A crowd of 10,000 saw Tunisia win 2-1 with second-half goals from Radhi Jaidi and Hassen Gabsi.[4] In the second leg on 22 April 2000, Mauritania were beaten 3-0 at the Stade El Menzah in Tunis. The match was watched by only 3,000, despite a capacity of 45,000 in the ground.[5] Tunisia won 5-1 on aggregate and later qualified for the finals in South Korea and Japan.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

Mauritania were drawn with Zimbabwe in the preliminary of the African section of the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification. On 12 October 2003 they lost the away leg 3-0 at the National Sports Stadium in Harare in front of 55,000 people.[6] In the home return at the Stade Olympique on 14 November 2003, Mauritania scored twice in the opening ten minutes to win 2-1, their first victory in a World Cup match. However, Zimbabwe advanced 4-2 on aggregate.

2010 FIFA World Cup qualification[edit]

The African qualification process was altered for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Only the six lowest-ranked nations played a preliminary, a selection which for the first time did not include Mauritania. Mauritania played in Group 8 of the second qualifying round against Rwanda, Morocco and Ethiopia, and started with an away match at the Stade Regional Nyamirambo in Kigali, Rwanda on 31 May 2008. They lost 3-0 in front of 12,000 people.[7] The first home match was on 7 June at the Stade Nacional in Nouakchott against Morocco. The Moroccans scored two in each half before a late penalty by Dominique da Silva of Mauritania made the game 4-1.

On 13 June 2008 Mauritania hosted Ethiopia at the Stade Nacional and lost 1-0 after an injury-time winner from Saladin Said. On 22 June Mauritania lost 6-1 in the away match versus Ethiopia at the Addis Ababa Stadium. The Ethiopian forwards Fikru Tefera and Andualem Nigussie scored two goals each in a match which also saw Ba Yaoub of Mauritania sent off after 37 minutes, conceding a penalty to Fikru. The game was 1-1 at half time.[8] In September 2008 Ethiopia were expelled from the tournament due to government interferences in their football association and all of their results annulled.

Only 1,000 people saw Mauritania's next game at the Stade Nacional as they were beaten 1-0 by Rwanda on 6 September with a late goal by Bobo Bola. Mauritania finished their group campaign at the Stade Moulay Abdellah in Rabat, Morocco. Like the home game against the Moroccans, Mauritania were 4-0 down but scored the last goal, this time by Dahmed Ould Teguedi. Although the Moroccan stadium had a capacity of 52,000, only 1,472 saw the match. [9]

World Cup record[edit]

African Nations Cup record[edit]

Arab Nations Cup[edit]

African Nations Championship record[edit]

  • 2014 –Group Stage

Amilcar Cabral Cup[edit]

Annual Tournaments 1979-1989

  • 1979: Did not place
  • 1980: Fourth place
  • 1981-1982: Did not place
  • 1983: Fourth place (host)
  • 1984-1989: Did not place

Bi-annual Tournaments 1991-

  • 1991-93: Did not place
  • 1995: Runners-up (host)
  • 1997-: Did not place

Recent and forthcoming matches[edit]




Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up in a list for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Uganda on 19 July 2014.[10]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Souleymane Diallo (1987-12-02) 2 December 1987 (age 27) 10 0 Mauritania Tevragh-Zeïna
16 1GK Ibrahima Sy (1995-08-13) 13 August 1995 (age 19) 0 0 Mauritania ASC Tidjikja
1GK Baba Aly Azmane (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 24) Mauritania ASC Ksar
2 2DF Demba Sow (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 21) 5 1 France Le Havre
5 2DF Abdoul Ba (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 21) 4 0 France Lens
9 2DF Mamadou Idrissa Wade (1985-10-19) 19 October 1985 (age 29) 11 0 Mauritania FC Nouadhibou
13 2DF Oumar N'Diaye (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 29) 5 0 France Mantes
14 2DF Ely Cheikh Voulany Mauritania Tevragh-Zeïna
15 2DF Bilal Sidibé (1978-12-31) 31 December 1978 (age 36) 14 0 France FCAV Redon
2DF Ahmed Ahmedou (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 21) 1 0 England Three Bridges
2DF Yacoub Fall (1980-12-31) 31 December 1980 (age 34) Mauritania FC Nouadhibou
8 3MF Moussa Baghayoko (1983-12-11) 11 December 1983 (age 31) 2 0 Mauritania ASAC Concorde
10 3MF Adama Ba (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 21) 4 2 France Niort
12 3MF Oumar N'Diaye (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 26) Algeria MO Béjaïa
18 3MF Moctar Sidi El Hacen (1997-12-31) 31 December 1997 (age 17) 12 0 Mauritania ASAC Concorde
3MF Khassa Camara (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 22) 5 0 France Troyes
3MF Diallo Guidileye (1989-12-30) 30 December 1989 (age 25) 2 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol
3MF Ahmed Djiby Samb (1982-12-31) 31 December 1982 (age 32) 2 0 Mauritania FC Nouadhibou
9 4FW Karamoko Moussa Traoré (1982-12-28) 28 December 1982 (age 32) Morocco Salé
11 4FW Moulaye Ahmed (1987-12-05) 5 December 1987 (age 27) Algeria JS Kabylie
17 4FW Amadou Niass (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 20) Mauritania ASAC Concorde

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Mauritania squad within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Babacar Harouna Touré (1988-01-18) 18 January 1988 (age 27) 1 0 Mauritania ASAC Concorde v.  Equatorial Guinea, 1 June 2014
GK Saad Bouh Ould Abdel Kader (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 25) Mauritania FC Nouadhibou v.  Niger, 5 March 2014
DF Abdoulaye Sangaré (1984-01-14) 14 January 1984 (age 31) 1 0 France Poissy v.  Equatorial Guinea, 1 June 2014
DF Boubacar Coulibaly (1980-08-03) 3 August 1980 (age 34) Mauritania Tevragh-Zeïna v.  Gabon, 22 January 2014
MF Seydou M’Bodj (1979-09-12) 12 September 1979 (age 35) 31 1 France Laon v.  Equatorial Guinea, 1 June 2014
FW Dominique Da Silva (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 25) 5 1 Egypt Zamalek v.  Equatorial Guinea, 1 June 2014
FW Ismaël Diakité (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 23) Tunisia Hammam-Lif v.  Equatorial Guinea, 1 June 2014


  1. ^ "DR Congo (Zaire, Congo-Kinshasa) - List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Mauritania - List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2011-10-21. 
  3. ^ "CAF - 1998 FIFA WORLD CUP PRELIMINARIES". 1996-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  4. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan ™". Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  5. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan ™". Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  6. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™". Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  7. ^ "2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa". Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  8. ^ "2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa". Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  9. ^ "2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa". Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  10. ^ "Les 21 Mourabitounes face à l'Ouganda" [Les 21 Mourabitounes face à l'Ouganda] (in French). MauriFoot. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2014. 

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