Mauritania national football team

The Mauritania national football team (French: Équipe de Mauritanie de football; Arabic: منتخب موريتانيا لكرة القدم‎) nicknamed Al-Murabitun in reference to Almoravid dynasty, represents Mauritania in men's international football and it 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 for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history, after they won 2–1 against Botswana to seal a spot in the 2019 tournament.

Mauritania
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Al-Murabitun (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 capsIsmail Diakhité (59)
Top scorerBessam (12)
Home stadiumStade Olympique
FIFA codeMTN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 104 Decrease 4 (16 September 2021)[1]
Highest81 (July 2017)
Lowest206 (November 2012 – January 2013)
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
Appearances2 (first in 2019)
Best resultGroup stage (2019)

HistoryEdit

1963–80Edit

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.

2019 Africa Cup of NationsEdit

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, coming second in qualification Group I.

Results and fixturesEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2021Edit

26 March 2021 AFCONQ Mauritania   0–0   Morocco Nouakchott, Mauritania
19:00 UTC±0 Report Stadium: Stade Cheikha Ould Boïdiya
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
30 March 2021 AFCONQ Central African Republic   0–1   Mauritania Bangui, Central African Republic
20:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Barthélemy Boganda Stadium
Referee: Alhadi Allaou Mahamat (Chad)
3 June Friendly Algeria   4–1   Mauritania Blida, Algeria
20:45 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Mustapha Tchaker Stadium
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
11 June Friendly Mauritania   1–0   Liberia Tunis, Tunisia
16:30 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Stade Chedly Zouiten
Referee: Naim Hosni (Tunisia)
17 June Friendly Mauritania   Cancelled   Djibouti Qatar
16:00 UTC+3 Report
22 June 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Mauritania   2–0   Yemen Doha, Qatar
20:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Jassim bin Hamad Stadium
Referee: Maurizio Mariani (Italy)
3 September 2022 WCQ Second Round Mauritania   1-2   Zambia Nouakchott
16:00 UTC±0
Report
Stadium: Stade Olympique de Nouakchott
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
7 September 2022 WCQ Second Round Equatorial Guinea   1-0   Mauritania , Malabo
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Estadio de Malabo
Referee: Hélder Martins de Carvalho (Angola)
6–9 October 2022 WCQ Second Round Tunisia   v   Mauritania Radès, Tunisia
Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès
10–12 October 2022 WCQ Second Round Mauritania   v   Tunisia Mauritania
11–13 November 2022 WCQ Second Round Zambia   v   Mauritania
30 November 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Tunisia   v   Mauritania Qatar
16:00 UTC+3
6 December 2021 FIFA Arab Cup Syria   v   Mauritania Qatar
18:00 UTC+3

2022Edit

12 January 2022 (2022-01-12) 2021 AFCON Mauritania   v   Gambia Limbe, Cameroon
17:00 Stadium: Limbe Stadium

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 25 players have been selected for the friendly matches against Algeria, Liberia and Djibouti on 3, 11 and 17 June, and the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup qualifying match against Yemen on 22 June 2021.[16]

  • Caps and goals are correct as of 3 June 2021, after the match against Algeria.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Namori Diaw (1994-12-30) 30 December 1994 (age 26) 14 0   Tevragh-Zeina
22 1GK Babacar Diop (1995-09-17) 17 September 1995 (age 25) 2 0   Police
1 1GK M'Backé N'diaye (1994-12-19) 19 December 1994 (age 26) 0   Nouakchott Kings

3 2DF Houssen Abderrahmane (1995-02-03) 3 February 1995 (age 26) 9 0   RWDM47
23 2DF Mohamedhen Beibou (1995-12-05) 5 December 1995 (age 25) 0 0   Nouadhibou
13 2DF Diadié Diarra (1993-01-23) 23 January 1993 (age 28) 8 0   Canet RFC
2 2DF Moustapha Diaw (1996-12-31) 31 December 1996 (age 24) 41 1   Nouadhibou
15 2DF Bakary N'Diaye (1998-11-26) 26 November 1998 (age 22) 30 1   Difaâ El Jadidi
21 2DF Abdoulaye Ousmane (2000-02-22) 22 February 2000 (age 21) 0 0   RC Strasbourg
4 2DF Harouna Abou Demba (1991-12-31) 31 December 1991 (age 29) 3 0   Grenoble Foot 38
25 2DF El Hassen Houeibib (1993-10-31) 31 October 1993 (age 27) 1 0   Al-Zawraa
5 2DF Abdoul Bâ (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 27) 8 0 free agent

6 3MF Khassa Camara (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 28) 39 2   NorthEast United
18 3MF Hacen (1997-12-31) 31 December 1997 (age 23) 48 9   CD Lugo
- 3MF Abdallahi Mahmoud (2000-05-04) 4 May 2000 (age 21) 6 0   Alavés B
- 3MF Almike N'Diaye (1996-10-26) 26 October 1996 (age 24) 3 0   Trélissac
24 3MF Sidi Yacoub (1995-12-10) 10 December 1995 (age 25) 4 1   AS Vita
- 3MF Mohamed Dellahi Yali (1997-11-01) 1 November 1997 (age 23) 41 2   Al-Nasr
19 3MF Ibréhima Coulibaly (1989-08-30) 30 August 1989 (age 32) 8 0   Le Mans

7 4FW Ismail Diakhité (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 29) 57 8   Al-Shamal
8 4FW Mamadou Niass (1994-06-04) 4 June 1994 (age 27) 31 4   El Entag El Harby
9 4FW Hemeya Tanjy (1998-05-01) 1 May 1998 (age 23) 16 1   Nouadhibou
27 4FW Aboubakar Kamara (1995-03-07) 7 March 1995 (age 26) 2 0   Aris
10 4FW Adama Ba (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 28) 24 5   Lamia
26 4FW Oumar Camara (1992-08-19) 19 August 1992 (age 29) 0 0   Sète

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Mauritania in the last 12 months.[17]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up

DF Aly Abeid (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 23) 36 2   Valenciennes v.   Central African Republic, 30 March 2021
DF Oumar Mangane (1992-12-31) 31 December 1992 (age 28) 7 0   Nouadhibou v.   Central African Republic, 30 March 2021
DF Lemrabott El Hacen (1997-03-24) 24 March 1997 (age 24) 7 0   Nouadhibou v.   Sierra Leone, 9 October 2020
DF Abdoulkader Thiam (1998-10-03) 3 October 1998 (age 22) 7 0   US Orléans v.   Sierra Leone, 9 October 2020

MF Alassane Diop (1997-09-22) 22 September 1997 (age 23) 13 0   Al-Orouba v.   Central African Republic, 30 March 2021
MF Mohamed M'Bareck (1995-05-13) 13 May 1995 (age 26) 7 0   Jeddah Club v.   Central African Republic, 30 March 2021

FW Bessam (1987-12-05) 5 December 1987 (age 33) 56 12   Nouadhibou v.   Central African Republic, 30 March 2021
FW Idrissa Thiam (2000-09-02) 2 September 2000 (age 21) 2 0   SCR Peña Deportiva v.   Central African Republic, 30 March 2021
FW Bekaye Wade (1996-04-13) 13 April 1996 (age 25) 0 0   Nouadhibou v.   Sierra Leone, 9 October 2020

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.

RecordsEdit

As of 22 June 2021[18]
Players in bold are still active with Mauritania.

Competitive recordEdit

Other recordsEdit

Year Stage Position
  7th November Cup 1995 Group stage 3rd
  Jeux de l’Amitié 1963 Group stage 16th
Total 0 title

ReferencesEdit

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