Mauritius national football team

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Mauritius
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Club M, Les Dodos
AssociationMauritius Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachAkbar Patel
CaptainKevin Bru
Most capsJimmy Cundasamy (54)
Top scorerAndy Sophie (11)
Home stadiumStade Anjalay
FIFA codeMRI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 157 Decrease 1 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest112 (December 1992)
Lowest203 (November 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 184 Decrease 3 (20 July 2019)[2]
Highest46 (November 1968)
Lowest187 (6 August 2011)
First international
 Mauritius 2–1 Réunion 
(Madagascar; 1947)
Biggest win
 Mauritius 15–2 Réunion 
(Madagascar; 1950)
Biggest defeat
 Egypt 7–0 Mauritius 
(port said, Egypt; 8 June 2003)
 Seychelles 7–0 Mauritius 
(Witbank, South Africa; 19 July 2008)
 Senegal 7–0 Mauritius 
(Dakar, Senegal; 9 October 2010)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 1974)
Best resultGroup 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 Akbar Patel.

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 twenty 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 ten 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 the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, 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[3]) angry about a controversial penalty awarded to Fire Brigade Sports Club (now renamed as Pamplemousses SC[3]) 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 the 116th place in the FIFA rankings in 2000, they tumbled down to an all-time low of the 195th place in the Summer of 2011. The best result since the 1974 CAN Championship 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) :

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Mexico 1970
Did not enter Did not enter
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 5
Argentina 1978 to
Spain 1982
Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 5
Italy 1990 Banned by FIFA Banned by FIFA
United States 1994 Did not enter Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 7
South Korea Japan 2002 2 0 0 2 2 6
Germany 2006 2 1 0 1 3 4
South Africa 2010 6 0 1 5 3 17
Brazil 2014 Withdrew during qualifying Withdrew during qualifying
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 5
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 18 2 2 14 13 49

African Nations Cup record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Not affiliated to CAF
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 2 8
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify
Ethiopia 1976
Nigeria 1980
Libya 1982
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988 Withdrew
Algeria 1990 Did not qualify
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994
South Africa 1996
Burkina Faso 1998
Ghana Nigeria 2000
Mali 2002
Tunisia 2004
Egypt 2006
Ghana 2008
Angola 2010
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012
South Africa 2013 Did not enter
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Gabon 2017
Egypt 2019
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined
Guinea 2023 To be determined
Total Round 1 1/32 3 0 0 3 2 8

International matches record[edit]

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. As from 2017, Spanish sportswear company Joma took over as their new kit supplier.

Supporters' groups[edit]

On 30 May 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.[4]

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. A new modern stadium Complexe Sportif de Côte d'Or, part of a larger sports complex, is currently under construction and is scheduled to be opened in July 2019. Once completed, the stadium will have a capacity of 30,000 seats.

Schedule[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

Recent results[edit]


Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following is the 18-man squad for the friendly match against Singapore on 7 September 2018.

Caps and goals as of 12 November 2017, after the game against  Togo.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kévin Jean-Louis (1989-06-27) 27 June 1989 (age 30) 14 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses
13 1GK Emilio Capricieux Mauritius Cercle de Joachim

18 2DF Lindsay Rose (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 27) 1 0 France FC Lorient
2DF Jean-Fabrice Augustin (1995-02-28) 28 February 1995 (age 24) 3 1 Mauritius La Cure Sylvester
2DF Jean Francois 0 0 Mauritius
2DF Jonathan Spéville (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 28) Mauritius Bolton City Youth Club
2DF Walter Duprey St Martin (1984-07-07) 7 July 1984 (age 35) Mauritius Pamplemousses
2DF Mervyn Jocelyn (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 27) 2 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses

3MF Francis Rasolofonirina (1987-07-22) 22 July 1987 (age 31) 11 1 Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire
3MF Samuel Brasse (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 (age 23) 26 0 Mauritius Bolton City
3MF Kerlson Agathe (1997-09-27) 27 September 1997 (age 21) 13 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses
3MF Adel Langue (1997-09-27) 27 September 1997 (age 21) 13 0 Spain Deportivo Alaves
3MF Andy Patate (1985-06-18) 18 June 1985 (age 34) Mauritius Petite Rivière Noire
3MF Kévin Perticots (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 23) 10 1 Mauritius Pamplemousses
3MF Jérémy Villeneuve (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 25) 2 0 France Ivry

4FW Jonathan Justin (1991-02-27) 27 February 1991 (age 28) 4 0 France US Colomiers Football
3MF Jean Nabab Mauritius Savanne SC
3MF Gary Noël (1990-03-07) 7 March 1990 (age 29) 6 1 Germany Weiche

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 Gregory Nany (1997-11-12) 12 November 1997 (age 21) Mauritius Cercle de Joachim
GK Christopher Caserne (1993-02-22) 22 February 1993 (age 26) 13 0 Mauritius Bolton City YC v.  Comoros, 28 March 2017

DF Damien Balisson (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 22) 10 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim
DF Kylian Yrnard (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 24) 3 0 Belgium Waterloo
DF Fabien Pithia (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 32) 25 0 Mauritius Curepipe Starlight
DF Nick Harel (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 27) 0 0 Mauritius Bolton City v.  Comoros, 28 March 2017

MF Arassen Ragaven (1987-04-08) 8 April 1987 (age 32) 14 0 Unattached
MF Kévin Bru (1988-12-12) 12 December 1988 (age 30) 13 1 Cyprus Apollon Limassol
MF Stéphane Nabab (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 (age 27) Mauritius AS Port-Louis 2000
MF Allyson Jolicoeur (1999-02-10) 10 February 1999 (age 20) 1 0 Mauritius GRSE Wanderers
MF Fabien Pithia (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 32) 36 0 Mauritius Curepipe Starlight

MF Frédéric Sarah (1998-02-26) 26 February 1998 (age 21) 4 1 Mauritius Quatre Bornes
FW Andy Sophie (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 29) 48 11 Réunion Saint-Louisienne v.  Botswana, 1 June 2018

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 Mauritius Akbar Patel
Technical Director France Alain Happe
Technical Director Mauritius Jonathan Bru
Assistant coach Mauritius Gopal Jayasuriya
Assistant coach Mauritius Sanjay Devani
Goalkeeping coach Portugal Henrique Marques
Team manager Mauritius Ujjwal Ghosh
Physiotherapist Mauritius Anuj Kumar
Head of Delegation Mauritius Deepak Choudhury

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 - Mauritius Saoud Lallmahomed
2003–05 Mauritius Elvis Antoine – Mauritius Rajesh Gunesh
2006 Mauritius Sarjoo Gowreesunkur
2006 Mauritius Rajen Dorasami – Mauritius France L'Aiguille
2007 Mauritius Akbar Patel (2nd Time)
2007–08 Mauritius Ashok Chundunsing
2008–09 Mauritius Benjamin Théodore
2009–14 Mauritius Akbar Patel (3rd Time)
2015 France Didier Six
2015–16 France Alain Happe
2016–17 Belgium Joe Tshupula
2017–18 Brazil Francisco Filho
2018– Mauritius Akbar Patel (4th time)[5]

Player records[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b Mauritius 2000/01
  4. ^ "Kop Moris". Retrieved 2 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Mauritius sack ex Manchester United youth coach Francisco Filho". 25 October 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

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