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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.

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 George V
FIFA codeMRI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 161 Decrease 4 (19 September 2019)[1]
Highest112 (December 1992)
Lowest203 (November 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 186 Decrease 6 (18 October 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

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.

HistoryEdit

Early yearsEdit

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–1990sEdit

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 dayEdit

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 recordsEdit

Indian Ocean Games Triangulaire (10) :

Indian Ocean Games (2) :

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to
  1970
Did not enter Did not enter
  1974 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 5
  1978 to
  1982
Did not enter Did not enter
  1986 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 5
  1990 Banned by FIFA Banned by FIFA
  1994 Did not enter Did not enter
  1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 7
    2002 2 0 0 2 2 6
  2006 2 1 0 1 3 4
  2010 6 0 1 5 3 17
  2014 Withdrew during qualifying Withdrew during qualifying
  2018 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 5
  2022 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 6
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/23 18 2 2 14 13 49

African Nations Cup recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Not affiliated to CAF
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968 Did not qualify
  1970
  1972
  1974 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 2 8
  1976 Did not qualify
  1980
  1982
  1984
  1986
  1988 Withdrew
  1990 Did not qualify
  1992
  1994
  1996
  1998
    2000
  2002
  2004
  2006
  2008
  2010
    2012
  2013 Did not enter
  2015 Did not qualify
  2017
  2019
  2021 To be determined
  2023 To be determined
Total Round 1 1/32 3 0 0 3 2 8

International matches recordEdit

Team imageEdit

Media coverageEdit

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

UniformsEdit

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. In 2019 however, they switched back to Adidas.

Supporters' groupsEdit

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]

StadiaEdit

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.

ScheduleEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

Recent resultsEdit


24 March 2020 FriendlySlovenia    MauritiusLjubjana, Slovenia
27 March 2020 FriendlyAustria    MauritiusGraz, Austria

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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   Pamplemousses
13 1GK Christopher Caserne (1993-02-22) 22 February 1993 (age 26) 13 0   Bolton City YC

2 2DF Lindsay Rose (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 27) 1 0   FC Lorient
6 2DF Jean-Fabrice Augustin (1995-02-28) 28 February 1995 (age 24) 3 1   La Cure Sylvester
2DF Jean Francois 0 0  
2DF Jonathan Spéville (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 28)   Bolton City Youth Club
4 2DF Walter Duprey St Martin (1984-07-07) 7 July 1984 (age 35)   Pamplemousses
2DF Mervyn Jocelyn (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 28) 2 0   Pamplemousses
5 2DF Francis Rasolofonirina (1987-07-22) 22 July 1987 (age 32) 11 1   Petite Rivière Noire
11 2DF Kerlson Agathe (1997-09-27) 27 September 1997 (age 22) 13 0   Pamplemousses

3MF Samuel Brasse (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 (age 23) 26 0   Bolton City
3MF Adel Langue (1997-09-27) 27 September 1997 (age 22) 13 0   Deportivo Alaves
3MF Andy Patate (1985-06-18) 18 June 1985 (age 34)   Petite Rivière Noire
16 3MF Kévin Perticots (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 23) 10 1   Pamplemousses
20 3MF Jérémy Villeneuve (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Ivry

4FW Jonathan Justin (1991-02-27) 27 February 1991 (age 28) 4 0   US Colomiers Football
9 3MF Jean Nabab   Savanne SC
3MF Gary Noël (1990-03-07) 7 March 1990 (age 29) 6 1   Weiche
7 4FW Andy Sophie (1990-05-07) 7 May 1990 (age 29) 48 11   Saint-Louisienne

Recent callupsEdit

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)   Cercle de Joachim
GK Christopher Caserne (1993-02-22) 22 February 1993 (age 26) 13 0   Bolton City YC v.   Comoros, 28 March 2017

DF Damien Balisson (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 22) 10 0   Cercle de Joachim
DF Kylian Yrnard (1995-06-18) 18 June 1995 (age 24) 3 0   Waterloo
DF Fabien Pithia (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 32) 25 0   Curepipe Starlight
DF Nick Harel (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 27) 0 0   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   Apollon Limassol
MF Stéphane Nabab (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 (age 27)   AS Port-Louis 2000
MF Allyson Jolicoeur (1999-02-10) 10 February 1999 (age 20) 1 0   GRSE Wanderers
MF Fabien Pithia (1987-05-07) 7 May 1987 (age 32) 36 0   Curepipe Starlight

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

Notes:

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

StaffEdit

Current staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Akbar Patel
Technical Director   Alain Happe
Technical Director   Jonathan Bru
Assistant coach   Gopal Jayasuriya
Assistant coach   Chady
Physiotherapist   Anuj Kumar
Head of Delegation   Deepak Choudhury

Managerial historyEdit

Dates Name
1957–59   Harry Brophy
1959–63   Joseph Le Roy
1963–64   Danny McLennan
1970–88   Mohammad Anwar Elahee
1976–88   Helmut Kosmehl
1993   Rudi Gutendorf
1994–96   Mohammad Anwar Elahee
1997   Rudi Gutendorf
1998   Ashok Chundunsing
1998–02   Rajen Dorasami –   France L'Aiguille
2002–03   Patrick Parizon
2003   Akbar Patel -   Saoud Lallmahomed
2003–05   Elvis Antoine –   Rajesh Gunesh
2006   Sarjoo Gowreesunkur
2006   Rajen Dorasami –   France L'Aiguille
2007   Akbar Patel (2nd Time)
2007–08   Ashok Chundunsing
2008–09   Benjamin Théodore
2009–14   Akbar Patel (3rd Time)
2015   Didier Six
2015–16   Alain Happe
2016–17   Joe Tshupula
2017–18   Francisco Filho
2018–19   Akbar Patel (4th time)[5]

Player recordsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 19 September 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 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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