Mauritius national football team

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Mauritius
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Club M, Les Dodos
Association Mauritius Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coach Joe Tshupula
Captain Jonathan Bru
Top scorer Andy Sophie (11)
Home stadium Stade George V
FIFA code MRI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 146 Increase 1 (9 March 2017)
Highest 112 (December 1992)
Lowest 203 (November 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 184 (26 March 2017)
Highest 46 (November 1968)
Lowest 187 (6 August 2011)
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 Group stage, 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). The head coach is Joe Tshupula.

Their most significant achievements are qualification for the 1974 African Cup of Nations, and 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[1]) angry about a controversial penalty awarded to Fire Brigade Sports Club (now renamed as Pamplemousses SC[1]) 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: 26 March 2016  Mauritius 1 – 0 Rwanda 

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.[2]

Stadia[edit]

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): 24 Mar 2017. 28 Mar 2017
Opponent(s): Comoros
Competition: 2017 AFCON qual.

Caps and goals correct as of: 14 April 2015

18-man squad for the African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Comoros.[3] Emmanuel Vincent was replaced by Nick Harel after his red card vs. Comoros on 24th March 2017. Christopher Hypolite replaced Jonathan Justin due to injury.[4]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kevin Jean-Louis (1989-06-27) June 27, 1989 (age 27) 13 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses
16 1GK Christopher Caserne (1993-02-22) February 22, 1993 (age 24) Mauritius Bolton City Youth Club

3 2DF Marco Dorza (1988-10-08) October 8, 1988 (age 28) 10 0 Mauritius Port-Louis 2000
4 2DF Damien Balisson (1996-10-28) October 28, 1996 (age 20) 9 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim
5 2DF Nick Harel (1992-01-11) January 11, 1992 (age 25) 0 0 Mauritius Bolton City Youth Club
6 2DF Francis Rasolofonirina (1987-07-22) July 22, 1987 (age 29) 10 1 Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire
14 2DF Walter Saint Martin (1984-07-07) July 7, 1984 (age 32) Mauritius Pamplemousses
17 2DF Fabrice Augustin (1995-02-28) February 28, 1995 (age 22) Mauritius La Cure Sylvester
2DF Emmanuel Vincent (1997-08-27) August 27, 1997 (age 19) 1 0 Mauritius Port-Louis 2000

2 3MF Luther Rose (1989-03-22) March 22, 1989 (age 28) 1 0 Mauritius Port-Louis 2000
8 3MF Adel Langue (1997-09-27) September 27, 1997 (age 19) 13 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim
9 3MF Kévin Bru (Captain) (1988-12-12) December 12, 1988 (age 28) 4 0 England Ipswich Town
12 3MF Samuel Brasse (1996-07-15) July 15, 1996 (age 20) Mauritius Bolton City Youth Club
13 3MF Kévin Perticots (1996-05-01) May 1, 1996 (age 20) 9 1 Mauritius Pamplemousses
15 3MF Jérémy Villeneuve (1994-04-25) April 25, 1994 (age 22) France US Ivry

7 4FW Gary Noël (1990-03-07) March 7, 1990 (age 27) 5 1 Germany Lubeck
10 4FW Christopher Hypolite N/A 0 0 Mauritius Bolton City Youth Club
11 4FW Andy Sophie (1990-05-07) May 7, 1990 (age 26) 23 12 Réunion Saint-Louisienne
18 4FW Andy Patate (1985-06-18) June 18, 1985 (age 31) Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire
4FW Jonathan Justin (1991-02-27) February 27, 1991 (age 26) 2 0 France St Joseph

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 Aboobakar Augustin (1983-09-28) September 28, 1983 (age 33) 11 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014
GK Kersley Leopold N/A 0 0 Mauritius Bolton City Youth Club v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)

DF Joye Estazie (1984-08-10) August 10, 1984 (age 32) 17 1 Mauritius Vacoas-Phoenix v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
DF Cédric Permal (1991-12-08) December 8, 1991 (age 25) 9 0 Mauritius Vacoas-Phoenix v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014
DF Jean-Jacques Tare N/A 0 0 Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)

MF Kerlson Agathe N/A 0 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014
MF Colin Bell RET (1979-02-17) February 17, 1979 (age 38) 26 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014
MF Guiyano Chiffone (1988-02-18) February 18, 1988 (age 29) 8 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
MF Jimmy Cundasamy (1977-07-14) July 14, 1977 (age 39) 66 2 Réunion Le Tampon v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014
MF Guillaume Sockalingum (1983-04-12) April 12, 1983 (age 33) 12 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014
MF Stéphane Pierre (1981-10-12) October 12, 1981 (age 35) 9 3 Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014

FW Kersley Appou (1970-04-24) April 24, 1970 (age 46) 26 10 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014
FW Stéphan Nabab N/A 3 0 Mauritius Curepipe Starlight v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)
FW Andrisoa Rijamana N/A 0 0 Mauritius Vacoas-Phoenix v.  Mauritania, April 12, 2014 (preselection)

Notes:

  • INJ = Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury
  • RET = Retired from the national team

Staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Democratic Republic of the Congo Joe Tshupula
Assistant coach TBA
Assistant coach TBA
Team manager TBA
Physiotherapist TBA
Head of Delegation TBA

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
2009–14 Mauritius Akbar Patel
2015 France Didier Six
2015–16 France Alain Happe
2016– Democratic Republic of the Congo Joe Tshupula

Player records[edit]