Mauritania national football team

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Mauritania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Mourabitones
Association Fédération de Football de la République Islamique de Mauritanie
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Patrice Neveu
Home stadium Stade Olympique
FIFA code MTN
FIFA ranking 159 Decrease -14
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.

History[edit]

1963–80[edit]

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]

2013[edit]

2014[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up in a preliminary list for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Mauritius on 12 April and 18 (or 20) April 2014.[10]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Souleymane Diallo (1987-12-02) 2 December 1987 (age 26) Mauritania Tevragh-Zeïna
1GK Babacar Harouna Touré (1988-01-18) 18 January 1988 (age 26) Mauritania ASAC Concorde
1GK Ibrahima Sy 0 0 Mauritania ASC Tidjikja
2 2DF Demba Sow (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 20) 2 0 France Le Havre
3 2DF Mamadou Idrissa Wade (1985-10-19) 19 October 1985 (age 28) Mauritania FC Nouadhibou
5 2DF Abdoulaye Sangaré (1984-01-14) 14 January 1984 (age 30) France Poissy
13 2DF Oumar N'Diaye (1985-07-22) 22 July 1985 (age 28) 5 0 France Mantes
2DF Bilal Sidibé (1978-12-31) 31 December 1978 (age 35) France FCAV Redon
2DF Yacoub Fall (1980-12-31) 31 December 1980 (age 33) Mauritania FC Nouadhibou
2DF Ahmed Ahmedou (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 20) 1 0 England Three Bridges
2DF Boubacar Coulibaly (1980-08-03) 3 August 1980 (age 33) Mauritania Tevragh-Zeïna
8 3MF Moussa Baghayoko (1983-12-11) 11 December 1983 (age 30) Mauritania ASAC Concorde
12 3MF Oumar N'Diaye (1988-12-09) 9 December 1988 (age 25) France Luzenac
14 3MF Khassa Camara (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 21) 5 0 France Troyes
18 3MF Moctar El Hacen (1997-12-31) 31 December 1997 (age 16) Mauritania ASAC Concorde
3MF Seydou M’Bodj (1979-09-12) 12 September 1979 (age 34) 31 1 France Laon
3MF Ahmed Djiby Samb (1982-12-31) 31 December 1982 (age 31) Mauritania FC Nouadhibou
7 4FW Ismaël Diakité (1991-12-18) 18 December 1991 (age 22) Tunisia Hammam-Lif
9 4FW Karamoko Moussa Traoré (1982-12-28) 28 December 1982 (age 31) Morocco Salé
10 4FW Adama Ba (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 20) 4 2 France Bastia
11 4FW Ahmed Moulaye (1987-12-05) 5 December 1987 (age 26) Mauritania ASC Ksar
4FW Amadou Niass (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 19) 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 Saad Bouh Ould Abdel Kader (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 24) Mauritania FC Nouadhibou v.  Niger, 5 March 2014
GK Cheikh Lekhneiver Fall (1980-12-31) 31 December 1980 (age 33) Mauritania FC Nouadhibou v.  Oman, 9 October 2013
GK Baba Aly Azmane (1990-04-03) 3 April 1990 (age 24) Mauritania ASC Ksar v.  Canada, 10 September 2013
DF Abdoul Ba (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 20) 3 0 France Lens v.  Mauritius, 12 April 2014preliminary
DF Abdelaziz Kamara (1984-04-10) 10 April 1984 (age 30) France Tarbes Pyrénées Football v.  Oman, 9 October 2013
MF Diallo Guidileye (1989-12-30) 30 December 1989 (age 24) 2 0 France Brest v.  Mauritius, 12 April 2014preliminary
MF Yacoub Deina Ba (1980-10-22) 22 October 1980 (age 33) Mauritania Tevragh-Zeïna v.  Oman, 9 October 2013
MF Moussa Samba Abdallah (1988-12-31) 31 December 1988 (age 25) Mauritania Tevragh-Zeïna v.  Oman, 9 October 2013
MF Mohamed Denne Taghyoullah (1986-06-15) 15 June 1986 (age 27) Mauritania FC Nouadhibou v.  Oman, 9 October 2013
MF Abdoulaye Sileye Gaye (1991-09-13) 13 September 1991 (age 22) Mauritania ASAC Concorde v.  Canada, 10 September 2013
FW Dominique Da Silva (1989-08-16) 16 August 1989 (age 24) Egypt Zamalek v.  Mauritius, 12 April 2014preliminary

References[edit]

  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". Allworldcup.narod.ru. 1996-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  4. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan ™". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  5. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan ™". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  6. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  7. ^ "2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  8. ^ "2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  9. ^ "2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  10. ^ "CAN 2015 : 11 locaux présélectionnés et 14 expatriés convoqués" [CAN 2015 : 11 locals precalled and 14 foreigners called] (in French). ffrim.org. 27 March 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 

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