Mauritius national football team

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Mauritius
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Club M, Les Dodos
Association Mauritius Football Association
Sub-confederation COSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Akbar Patel[1]
Home stadium Stade George V
FIFA code MRI
FIFA ranking 184 Decrease 4
Highest FIFA ranking 116 (August 2000)
Lowest FIFA ranking 203 (November 2012)
Elo ranking 184
Highest Elo ranking 46 (November 1968)
Lowest Elo ranking 187 (6 August 2011)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Mauritius 2–1 Réunion 
(Madagascar; Date Unknown, 1947)
Biggest win
 Mauritius 15–2 Réunion 
(Madagascar; Date unknown, 1950)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 7–0 Mauritius Mauritius
(Cairo, Egypt; June 8, 2003)
 Seychelles 7–0 Mauritius Mauritius
(Witbank, South Africa; July 19, 2008)
 Senegal 7–0 Mauritius Mauritius
(Dakar, Senegal; October 9, 2010)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 1 (First in 1974)
Best result Round 1: 1974

The Mauritius national football team (French: Équipe de Maurice de football), nicknamed Club M and Les Dodos (The Dodos), is the national team of Mauritius. They are overseen by the Mauritius Football Association and are members of FIFA, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA). As of 2009 the head coach is Akbar Patel.

Their most significant achievements are winning the Indian Ocean Island Games football tournament in 1985 and 2003. They have also been a finalist in this competition in 1990 and 2011.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Mauritius played its first competitive international game in 1947 against Réunion, which they won 2-1. For the next 20 years, they would only play Réunion and Madagascar (probably due to the close proximity of the three islands to each other) in friendlies and the Indian Ocean Games Triangulaire, which existed from 1947-1963. Mauritius won the competition 10 times over that time period, were runners-up twice, and came in third once.

1960s-1990s[edit]

Starting in 1967, Mauritius began competing against other countries, playing friendlies and entering in such competitions as the Africa Cup of Nations and FIFA World Cup qualification, though they haven't found much success. While they have never qualified for the World Cup finals, they have qualified once for the Africa Cup of Nations, in 1974. However, they were eliminated in the group stages. Mauritius did manage to win the resurrected Indian Ocean Games in 1985. In 1999, after deadly riots caused by supporters of Scouts Club (renamed as Port Louis Sporting Club[2]) angry about a controversial penalty awarded to Fire Brigade Sports Club (now renamed as Pamplemousses SC[2]) in the championship deciding game, which gave Fire Brigade a 1-0 win, all domestic football was suspended for 18 months, and only the national team was allowed to play. This is regarded as the point at which Mauritian football, both on the domestic and international stage, started on a downward slope.

The new millennium to present day[edit]

Throughout the new millennium, the national team's performances progressively declined. From a high of 116 in the FIFA World Rankings in 2000, they tumbled down to an all-time low of 195 in the Summer of 2011. The best result since the 1974 CAN Championships has been reaching the quarterfinals of the 2004 COSAFA Cup, beating South Africa 2-0 in January 2004. Mauritius eventually lost out 3-1 to the tournament's favourites Zambia. Mauritius has also cycled through many head coaches, especially since the new millennium, but none have had true success. Mauritius did win its second IOG championship in the 2003 edition, held in Mauritius, under head coach Akbar Patel. Besides that, Mauritius has lost a majority of its matches. In the past decade, they have suffered a 7-0 defeat, their biggest margin of losing, three times. However, there have been signs of improvement recently. The MFA has been trying hard to make Mauritius more competitive on the international stage, and one of their approaches is the professionalization of football practices in Mauritius, which includes creating a truly professional domestic league and a solid national team training regiment. On top of this, players are paid for when they practice and play for the national team. These measures were taken in hopes of Mauritius becoming more competitive in international competitions. In August 2011 Club M competed in the 2011 IOIG football tournament, making a dream run to the final. Although they lost out on penalties to hosts Seychelles in the final, this tournament proved to show that Mauritian football is indeed on the rise.

Awards and records[edit]

Indian Ocean Games Triangulaire (10) :

Indian Ocean Games (2) :

International matches record[edit]

  • Last update: 20 April 2014  Mauritius 0 - 2 Mauritania 

Team image[edit]

Media coverage[edit]

For most home games of significant importance, the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation provides televised coverage.

Uniforms[edit]

Mauritius had relied on local clothing manufacturers to provide their uniforms before switching to Adidas in 2009. For home matches, Mauritius has white uniforms with red trim, while for road matches, the colors are switched. Emblazoned on the front is the MFA badge on the left and the Mauritian flag on the right.

Supporters' groups[edit]

On May 30, 2011, the official fan club of Club M, Kop Moris, was launched. The objective of this club is to build up excitement for Mauritius' games, fill up the stands as much as possible, and create a festive and family-friendly atmosphere. This fan club is officially sanctioned by the MFA.[3]

Stadia[edit]

Stade George V

Mauritius plays the majority of their games at Stade George V (cap. 6,200). Games at Stade Anjalay (cap. 18,000) are reserved for higher profile matches.

Schedule[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Recent results[edit]







Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Match Date(s): 4/20/2014
Opponent(s): Mauritania
Competition: 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Caps and goals correct as of: 22 April 2014

Akbar Patel named his 18-man squad on 4 April 2014.[4]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Aboobakar Augustin (1983-09-28) September 28, 1983 (age 30) 11 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim
1GK Kevin Jean-Louis (1989-06-27) June 27, 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses
2DF Christopher Bazerque (1987-03-31) March 31, 1987 (age 27) 30 0 Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire
2DF Bruno Ravina (1984-03-24) March 24, 1984 (age 30) 28 0 Mauritius Port-Louis 2000
2DF Yash Veeranah (1985-03-23) March 23, 1985 (age 29) 20 0 Mauritius Curepipe Starlight
2DF Percy Buckland (1987-08-29) August 29, 1987 (age 26) 9 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim
2DF Cédric Permal (1991-12-08) December 8, 1991 (age 22) 9 0 Mauritius Vacoas-Phoenix
2DF Jean-Denis Dookhee (1987-04-30) April 30, 1987 (age 27) 6 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim
2DF Walter St. Martin N/A 1 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim
2DF Marco Dorza (1988-10-08) October 8, 1988 (age 25) 0 0 Mauritius Port-Louis 2000
3MF Jimmy Cundasamy (1977-07-14) July 14, 1977 (age 36) 66 2 Réunion Le Tampon
3MF Fabrice Pithia (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 27) 34 5 Réunion Jeanne d'Arc
3MF Colin Bell (captain) (1979-02-17) February 17, 1979 (age 35) 26 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses
3MF Jonathan Bru (1985-05-02) May 2, 1985 (age 29) 12 2 Unattached
3MF Guillaume Sockalingum (1983-04-12) April 12, 1983 (age 31) 12 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses
3MF Stéphane Pierre (1981-10-12) October 12, 1981 (age 32) 9 3 Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire
3MF Christopher l’Enclume (1991-03-02) March 2, 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim
3MF Kévin Bru (1988-12-12) December 12, 1988 (age 25) 2 0 Bulgaria Levski Sofia
3MF Kerlson Agathe N/A 0 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses
4FW Kersley Appou (1970-04-24) April 24, 1970 (age 44) 26 10 Mauritius Pamplemousses
4FW Gurty Calambé (1990-05-14) May 14, 1990 (age 24) 15 4 Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire

Recent callups[edit]

The following players are not currently on the national team, but have been called up within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Jean-Francois Ammomoothoo N/A 0 0 Mauritius Port-Louis 2000 v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
GK Kersley Leopold N/A 0 0 Mauritius Bolton City Youth Club v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
GK Ivahn Marie-Josée (1978-11-04) November 4, 1978 (age 35) 20 0 Mauritius Vacoas-Phoenix v.  Qatar, September 5, 2013
GK Christopher Casernes N/A 0 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim 2013 COSAFA Cup Preselection
DF Joye Estazie (1984-08-10) August 10, 1984 (age 29) 17 1 Mauritius Vacoas-Phoenix v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
DF Jean-Jacques Tare N/A 0 0 Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
DF Ved Ayassamy N/A 0 0 Mauritius Rivière du Rempart 2013 COSAFA Cup Preselection
DF David Lim Sik Fang N/A 0 0 Mauritius Curepipe Starlight 2013 COSAFA Cup Preselection
DF Raffick Madron N/A 0 0 Mauritius Rivière du Rempart 2013 COSAFA Cup Preselection
DF Lindsay Rose (1992-02-08) February 8, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 France Valenciennes 2013 COSAFA Cup Preselection
MF Fabien Pithia (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 (age 27) 21 0 Mauritius Curepipe Starlight v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
MF Guiyano Chiffone (1988-02-18) February 18, 1988 (age 26) 8 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
MF Menzy Coco (1989-12-22) December 22, 1989 (age 24) 9 0 Mauritius Curepipe Starlight v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
MF Luther Rose (1989-03-22) March 22, 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Mauritius Port-Louis 2000 v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
MF Francis Rasolofonirina N/A 0 0 Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
MF Franco Hypolite (1988-02-07) February 7, 1988 (age 26) 0 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim v.  Zimbabwe, July 28, 2013
MF Jonathan Edouard N/A 0 0 Mauritius Rivière du Rempart 2013 COSAFA Cup Preselection
MF Ludovic Lafoudre N/A 0 0 Mauritius Port-Louis 2000 2013 COSAFA Cup Preselection
MF Jean-Yves Rosario N/A 0 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim 2013 COSAFA Cup Preselection
FW Andy Patate (1989-06-18) June 18, 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
FW Stéphan Nabab N/A 3 0 Mauritius Curepipe Starlight v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
FW Jonathan Ernest N/A 2 0 Mauritius Port-Louis 2000 v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
FW Ashley Nazira N/A 0 0 Mauritius Entente Boulet Rouge v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
FW Andrisoa Rijamana N/A 0 0 Mauritius Vacoas-Phoenix v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
FW Sewram Gobin (1983-01-19) January 19, 1983 (age 31) 4 0 Mauritius Rivière du Rempart v.  Zimbabwe, July 28, 2013

Staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Name Position
Akbar Patel Head coach
Désiré l’Enclume Assistant coach
Rouben Sengayen Team manager
Mervin Narrainen Physiotherapist
Antish Manna Head of Chaps

Managerial history[edit]

Dates Name
1957-59 England Harry Brophy
1959-63 Mauritius Joseph Le Roy
1963-64 Scotland Danny McLennan
1970-88 Mauritius Mohammad Anwar Elahee
1976-88 Germany Helmut Kosmehl
1993 Germany Rudi Gutendorf
1994-96 Mauritius Mohammad Anwar Elahee
1997 Germany Rudi Gutendorf
1998 Mauritius Ashok Chundunsing
1998–02 Mauritius Rajen Dorasami - Mauritius France L'Aiguille
2002-03 France Patrick Parizon
2003 Mauritius Akbar Patel
2003-05 Mauritius Elvis Antoine - Mauritius Rajesh Gunesh
2006 Mauritius Sarjoo Gowreesunkur
2006 Mauritius Rajen Dorasami - Mauritius France L'Aiguille
2007 Mauritius Akbar Patel
2007-08 Mauritius Ashok Chundunsing
2008-09 Mauritius Benjamin Théodore
2009- Mauritius Akbar Patel

Player records[edit]