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The Mauritania national football team (French: Équipe de Mauritanie de football; Arabic: منتخب موريتانيا لكرة القدم‎) nicknamed Al-Murabitun in reference to Almoravid dynasty, 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. However, in the Amilcar Cabral Cup, a regional tournament for West Africa, Mauritania came fourth in 1980 on hosting the competition. The national football team of Mauritania were later runners-up in 1995, losing on penalties to Sierra Leone after the final finished 0–0. On 18 November 2018, Mauritania qualified to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history, after they won 2–1 against Botswana.

Shirt badge/Association crest
المرابطون Lions of Chinguetti
AssociationFédération de Football de la République Islamique de Mauritanie
اتحاد الجمهورية الإسلامية الموريتانية لكرة القدم
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachCorentin Martins
Most capsSouleymane Diallo (46)
Top scorerBessam (12)
Home stadiumStade Olympique
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 103 Decrease 2 (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest81 (July 2017)
Lowest206 (November 2012 – January 2013)
Elo ranking
Current 122 Increase 4 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest116 (29 January 2019)
Lowest182 (bef. 22 November 1993)
First international
 Malagasy Republic 5–1 Mauritania Mauritania
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; 25 December 1961)
Biggest win
Mauritania Mauritania 8–2 Somalia 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 27 December 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Guinea 14–0 Mauritania Mauritania
(Guinea; 20 May 1972)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultTo be determined




Mauritania played its first match after independence from France on 11 April 1963, against Congo Kinshasa (also making their debut) and lost 6–0.[3] 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 on 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.[4] Mali won 3–2 on aggregate having won the first leg 2–0.

1998 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

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.[5] 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 qualificationEdit

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.[6] 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.[7] Tunisia won 5–1 on aggregate and later qualified for the finals in South Korea and Japan.

2006 FIFA World Cup qualificationEdit

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.[8] 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 qualificationEdit

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualificationEdit

Mauritania beat Mauritius 1–0 in the first leg of a preliminary round qualifier for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Nouakchott. SC Bastia's midfielder Adama Ba scored the only goal midway through the first half.[12] The return leg in Curepipe ended 2–0 in favour of Mauritania. Scorers were Demba Sow and Moulaye Ahmed Bessam.[13]

In the first round, first leg match, Mauritania beat visitors Equatorial Guinea 1–0 in Nouakchott. The two sides headed into the break scoreless in their match played at Office du Complexe Olympique de Nouakchott. Hosts Mauritania broke the deadlock in the 76th minute through their Tunisian-based striker Ismaël Diakité. In the return match Equatorial Guinea beat Mauritania 3–0 in Malabo.[14] Equatorial Guinea won 3–1 on aggregate. However, on 3 July 2014, the CAF announced that Equatorial Guinea were disqualified for fielding the ineligible player Thierry Fidjeu in the tie, and as a result, Mauritania advanced to the second round.[15] Equatorial Guinea later qualified for the final tournament as replacement hosts.

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss



11 June 2019 FriendlyBenin  v  Mauritania


Current squadEdit

The following of the final 23 players have been selected for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.[16]

Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2019 after the game against Ghana.[17]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Brahim Souleymane (1986-12-30) 30 December 1986 (age 32) 23 0   ACS Ksar
1GK Namori Diaw (1991-12-30) 30 December 1991 (age 27) 2 0   ASC Kédia
1GK Babacar Diop (1999-03-11) 11 March 1999 (age 20) 1 0   ASC Police

2DF Aly Abeid (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 21) 28 2   AD Alcorcón
2DF Abdoul Ba (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 25) 28 0   AJ Auxerre
2DF Moustapha Diaw (1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 22) 28 0   Tevragh-Zeïna
2DF Bakary N'Diaye (1998-11-26) 26 November 1998 (age 20) 16 0   Difaâ El Jadidi
2DF Sally Sarr (1986-05-06) 6 May 1986 (age 33) 12 0   Servette
2DF Harouna Sy (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 27) 8 0   Grenoble
2DF Diadié Diarra (1993-01-23) 23 January 1993 (age 26) 4 0   Gueugnon
2DF Abdoulkader Thiam (1998-10-03) 3 October 1998 (age 20) 3 0   US Orléans B

3MF Silèye Gaye (1991-09-13) 13 September 1991 (age 27) 41 2   Nouadhibou
3MF Hacen El Ide (1997-12-31) 31 December 1997 (age 21) 35 6   Real Valladolid
3MF Khassa Camara (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 26) 31 2   Xanthi
3MF Mohamed Yali (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 21) 31 2   DRB Tadjenanet
3MF Diallo Guidilèye (1989-12-30) 30 December 1989 (age 29) 22 1   Keşla FK
3MF Alassane Diop (1997-09-22) 22 September 1997 (age 21) 7 0   Hajer
3MF Ibréhima Coulibaly (1988-08-30) 30 August 1988 (age 30) 1 0   Grenoble

4FW Moulaye Ahmed Khalil (1987-12-05) 5 December 1987 (age 31) 47 12   AS Gabès
4FW Ismaël Diakité (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 27) 42 7   US Tataouine
4FW Adama Ba (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 25) 23 5   Gazişehir Gaziantep
4FW Hemeya Tanjy (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 (age 21) 6 0   Nouadhibou
4FW Souleymane Anne (1997-12-05) 5 December 1997 (age 21) 1 0   Aurillac Arpajon

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Mauritania in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Boubacar Salahdine (1997-12-31) 31 December 1997 (age 21) 4 0   Tevragh-Zeïna v.   Ghana, 26 March 2019

DF Issa Samba (1998-01-29) 29 January 1998 (age 21) 1 0   AJ Auxerre v.   Ghana, 26 March 2019
DF Hamza Ould Jawar (1995-07-11) 11 July 1995 (age 23) 3 0   Mondeville v.   Botswana, 18 November 2018
DF Ousmane Samba (1988-10-16) 16 October 1988 (age 30) 3 0   JA Drancy v.   Burkina Faso, 8 September 2018
DF Abdallahi Mahmoud (2000-05-04) 4 May 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Alavés v.   Burkina Faso, 8 September 2018

MF Khay Lejouade (1999-12-01) 1 December 1999 (age 19) 1 0   ASC Tidjikja v.   Angola, October 2018

FW Mamadou Niass (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 24) 24 2   Salam Zgharta v.   Ghana, 26 March 2019
FW Mohamed Soudani (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 23) 10 1   DRB Tadjenanet v.   Ghana, 26 March 2019
FW Boubacar Bagili (1994-12-07) 7 December 1994 (age 24) 28 6   Hammam-Lif v.   Burkina Faso, 8 September 2018

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.


As of 29 March 2019
Players in bold text are still active with Mauritania.

Competitive recordEdit


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  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
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  4. ^ "Mauritania – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2011-10-21.
  5. ^ "CAF – 1998 FIFA WORLD CUP PRELIMINARIES". 1996-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  6. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan ™". Archived from the original on 2012-06-08. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  7. ^ "2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan ™". Archived from the original on 2012-06-08. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  8. ^ "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  9. ^ "2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa". Archived from the original on 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  10. ^ "2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa". Archived from the original on 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  11. ^ "2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa". FIFA. 11 October 2008. Archived from the original on 2012-05-31. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
  12. ^ "Mauritania beat Mauritius in first leg of 2015 qualifier". BBC. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Mauritania pass Mauritius' test". Star Africa. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Equatorial Guinea eject Mauritania". African Football. 1 June 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  15. ^ "Equatorial Guinea disqualified from Orange Africa Cup of Nations Morocco 2015". Confédération Africaine de Football. 3 July 2014.
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  17. ^ "Mauritania".

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