Seychelles national football team

The Seychelles national football team, nicknamed The Pirates, represents Seychelles in international football and is controlled by the Seychelles Football Federation (SFF). SFF has been a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) since 1986, and a member of FIFA since 1986.[3] The team's home stadium is the 10,000 capacity Stade Linité situated at Roche Caiman in the outskirts of Victoria, the capital of Seychelles.[3]

Seychelles
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Pirates
AssociationSeychelles Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachVivian Bothe
CaptainBenoit Marie
Most capsBenoit Marie (55)
Top scorerPhilip Zialor (14)
Home stadiumStade Linité
FIFA codeSEY
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 199 Steady (22 December 2022)[1]
Highest129 (October 2006)
Lowest202 (February 2020)
First international
Réunion Réunion 2–0 Seychelles 
(Saint-Denis, Réunion; 13 February 1974)
Biggest win
 Seychelles 9–0 Maldives 
(Saint-Pierre, Réunion; 27 August 1979)
Biggest defeat
 Seychelles 1–8 Libya 
(Victoria, Seychelles; 17 November 2018)
 Burundi 8–1 Seychelles 
(Moroni, Comoros; 4 September 2021)
 Rwanda 7–0 Seychelles 
(Kigali, Rwanda; 10 September 2019)
COSAFA Cup
Appearances11 (first in 2005)
Best resultGroup stage (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

HistoryEdit

Football was introduced to the Seychelles in the 1930s. Its first official competition, the Challenge Cup, was organized in 1936 then, in 1941, a championship between five teams was set up with matches of 60 minutes, played barefoot.[4]

In 1969, the president of the Seychelles Football Federation wanted to set up a national team. Engaged on a voluntary basis, Adrian Fisher arrived on the island in September to reorganize Seychelles football. He equipped all the players with shoes, set up modern training techniques and extended the match time to 90 minutes. The newly formed national team play their first matches at a friendly tournament played in Kenya in April 1970. In Seychelles' first match played on a real football pitch, they drew 2–2 against Feisal F.C. then lost 1–2 to Mwengi at Mombasa Municipal Stadium. When Fisher left the Seychelles in 1973, the team had played six games against 4 clubs.

Seychelles play their first meeting against another selection, on March 13, 1974, against Réunion. In this friendly match, the "Pirates", the team's nickname, lost 0–2. Two years later, this time as an independent nation, the Seychelles faced Réunion again, losing 1–4. In September 1977, they played a FIFA-affiliated team, Mauritius, during a tournament played in Réunion, and lost 1–2. The team enjoyed its first victory the following year by winning at home 1–0 against Réunion.

 
Seychelles v Ethiopia at Stade Linité, 5 September 2015

In 1979, Seychelles played their first tournament, the 1979 Indian Ocean Games. They lost their first game 3–0 to Réunion, and won their second game 9–0 to Maldives. In the semi-final, they knocked out Mauritius 4–2 on penalties (1–1 after 90 min.), but in the final they lost 2–1 against to Réunion.

Seychelles were eliminated from the group stage at the 1985 Indian Ocean Games but, on Aug 31, 1986, they played their first competitive match recognised by FIFA and CAF, following their affiliation with both organizations, a qualification match against Mauritius for the 1987 All-Africa Games, they lost 1–2. They participated, for the first time, in the 1988 African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Mauritius but lost 1–3 over the two games.

At the 1990 Indian Ocean Games, the team suffered its heaviest defeat in its history against Madagascar in the semi-final, losing 0–6. In the bronze medal match, they won against Comoros 3–1. The team failed to repeat this performance in the following games, played at home, losing all four games and finishing last in the competition.

After the elimination from the preliminary phase of the 1996 African Cup of Nations by Mauritius 2–1 over the two legs, Vojo Gardašević was hired to lead the team. Following that, the Pirates again finished third in the 1998 Indian Ocean Games and, two years later, competed in the World Cup qualifiers for the first time. Playing against Namibia they drew 1–1 in Stade Linité, thanks to a goal by Philip Zialor but lost the second leg 0–3. Seychelles were also eliminated in the preliminary round of the 2000 African Cup of Nations by Zimbabwe 0–6 over the two matches. Seychelles fared better in the qualification for the 2004 African Cup of Nations as the team, led by Dominique Bathenay then Michael Nees, finished third and won two prestigious home wins by beating Eritrea 1–0 and Zimbabwe 2–1. Following that they achieved a bronze medal at the 2003 Indian Ocean Games, then were eliminated in the preliminary round of the 2006 World Cup by Zambia, 1–5 in the two games.

Seychelles’ biggest competitive win came against Zimbabwe in the qualifiers of the 2004 African Cup of Nations. Goals by strikers Alpha Baldé and Philip Zialor gave Seychelles a 2–1 win at Stade Linité against Zimbabwe captained by professional striker Peter Ndlovu. German coach Michael Nees was at the helm of the team at that time. Under Frenchman Dominique Bathenay, Seychelles also beat Eritrea 1–0 at Stade Linité by a goal by veteran Roddy Victor in the same qualifiers.

In 2011, Seychelles hosted the 2011 Indian Ocean Island Games and won the tournament for the first time, beating Mauritius in the final on penalties.[5][6]

The rest of the 2010s saw little success for The Pirates with the high point achieved during 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification where they managed a 2–0 win over Lesotho and a 1–1 draw with Ethiopia to finish third in their four team group.[citation needed]

FIFA Goal ProgrammeEdit

In 2006, a new technical centre in Mahé was opened, with help from the FIFA Goal programme.[7] The project had a total cost of approximately 750,000 USD. James Michel, president of the Seychelles, was present at the inauguration. The technical centre houses the SFF headquarters, an auditorium, 20 bedrooms, two massage rooms, changing rooms and a restaurant. The centre is located next to the turf pitches that were also installed by the Goal programme in 2003.[8][9]

Recent results and fixturesEdit

2021Edit

10 November 2021 (2021-11-10) 2021 Four Nations Football Tournament Bangladesh   1–1   Seychelles Colombo, Sri Lanka
16:30 BST
  • M. Ibrahim   17'
Report
Stadium: Racecourse Ground
Referee: Kasun Lakmal Weerakkody (Sri Lanka)
13 November 2021 (2021-11-13) 2021 Four Nations Football Tournament Sri Lanka   0–1   Seychelles Colombo, Sri Lanka
21:00 SLST Report
Stadium: Racecourse Ground
Referee: Abdulhadi Al Asmar Al Ruaile (Qatar)
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) 2021 Four Nations Football Tournament Seychelles   0–0   Maldives Colombo, Sri Lanka
21:00 SLST Report Stadium: Racecourse Ground
19 November 2021 (2021-11-19) 2021 Four Nations Football Tournament Final Sri Lanka   3–3 (a.e.t.)
(1–3 p)
  Seychelles Colombo, Sri Lanka
19:00 SLST
Report
Stadium: Racecourse Ground
Attendance: 4,550
Penalties

2022Edit

27 March 2023 AFCON Q preliminary round Lesotho   3–1
(3–1 agg.)
  Seychelles Soweto, South Africa
Report
Stadium: Dobsonville Stadium
Note: Lesotho won 3–1 on aggregate.
5 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Seychelles   0–1   Botswana Durban, South Africa
Report
Stadium: King Zwelithini Stadium
7 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Angola   3–0   Seychelles Durban, South Africa
Report Stadium: King Zwelithini Stadium
10 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Seychelles   1–2   Comoros KwaMashu, South Africa
Report
Stadium: Princess Magogo Stadium
21 September Friendly San Marino   0–0   Seychelles Serravalle, San Marino
20:45 CEST Report Stadium: Stadio Olimpico de Serravalle
Referee: David Šmajc (Slovenia)

CoachesEdit

Caretaker managers are listed in italics.

PlayersEdit

SquadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Lesotho on 23 and 27 March 2022 respectively.[10]

Caps and goals correct as of 31 July 2022, after the match against Madagascar.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Alvin Michel (1990-01-05) 5 January 1990 (age 33) 18 0   St Michel United
1GK Jerome Dingwall (1989-01-16) 16 January 1989 (age 34) 9 0   Red Star Defence Forces
1GK Romeo Padayachy (1993-02-18) 18 February 1993 (age 29) 0 0   Light Stars

2DF Benoit Marie (Captain) (1987-10-08) 8 October 1987 (age 35) 58 0   Côte d'Or
2DF Warren Mellie (1994-10-01) 1 October 1994 (age 28) 28 2   Foresters Mont Fleuri
2DF Don Fanchette (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 25) 20 0   La Passe
2DF Juninho Mathiot (2000-02-09) 9 February 2000 (age 22) 18 0   Saint Louis Suns United
2DF Julio Brown (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 26) 7 0   St Michel United
2DF Stan Esther (2001-02-12) 12 February 2001 (age 21) 7 0   Red Star
2DF Colyn Francourt (1998-04-17) 17 April 1998 (age 24) 7 0   Foresters Mont Fleuri
2DF Helton Monnaie (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 25) 7 0   La Passe
2DF Elie Sopha (2004-11-03) 3 November 2004 (age 18) 3 0 Unattached
2DF Ricko Julius (1996-01-13) 13 January 1996 (age 27) 2 0   Light Stars

3MF Kenner Nourrice (1995-06-10) 10 June 1995 (age 27) 12 0   St Michel United
3MF Dean Balette (1995-06-09) 9 June 1995 (age 27) 7 0   St John Bosco
3MF Imra Raheriniaina (2004-11-19) 19 November 2004 (age 18) 2 0 Unattached

4FW Brandon Labrosse (1999-03-11) 11 March 1999 (age 23) 15 1   Foresters Mont Fleuri
4FW Dean Mothé (2000-08-01) 1 August 2000 (age 22) 15 0   Saint Louis Suns United
4FW Josip Ravignia (2001-01-19) 19 January 2001 (age 22) 13 0   Real Maldives
4FW Hubert Jean (1996-07-26) 26 July 1996 (age 26) 12 1   Saint Louis Suns United
4FW Ryan Henriette (2001-01-23) 23 January 2001 (age 22) 9 1   Foresters Mont Fleuri
4FW Thierry Camille (2001-12-11) 11 December 2001 (age 21) 1 0   St John Bosco

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have also been called up to the Seychelles squad within the last twelve months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Ian Ah-Kong (1995-11-02) 2 November 1995 (age 27) 15 0   La Passe v.   Sri Lanka; 19 November 2021

DF Gervais Waye-Hive (1988-06-11) 11 June 1988 (age 34) 45 6   Saint Louis Suns United v.   Sri Lanka; 19 November 2021
DF Sam Hallock (2001-10-10) 10 October 2001 (age 21) 3 0   St Michel United v.   Sri Lanka; 19 November 2021
DF Danny Madeleine (1996-11-17) 17 November 1996 (age 26) 1 0   Saint Louis Suns United v.   Sri Lanka; 19 November 2021

MF Rundolf Elizabeth (1995-10-29) 29 October 1995 (age 27) 8 0   St John Bosco v.   Sri Lanka; 19 November 2021

FW Elijah Tamboo (1993-10-22) 22 October 1993 (age 29) 17 2   Saint Louis Suns United v.   Sri Lanka; 19 November 2021

INJ Withdrew due to injury
PRE Preliminary/Standby squad
RET Retired from the national team
SUS Serving suspension
WD Withdrew from the squad due to non-injury issue
COV Tested positive for COVID-19

Player recordsEdit

As of 27 March 2022
Players in bold are still active with Seychelles.

Competition recordsEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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   1974 Part of   United Kingdom Part of   United Kingdom
  1978 Not affiliated to CAF Not affiliated to CAF
  1982
  1986
  1990 did not enter did not enter
  1994
  1998
    2002 did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 4
  2006 2 0 1 1 1 5
  2010 6 0 0 6 4 17
  2014 2 0 0 2 0 7
  2018 2 0 0 2 0 3
  2022 2 0 0 2 0 10
      2026 to be determined to be determined
Total 0/22 16 0 2 14 6 46

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 to   1976 Part of   United Kingdom
  1978 to   1986 Not affiliated to CAF
  1988 did not enter
  1990 did not qualify
  1992 Withdrew
  1994 did not enter
  1996 Withdrew
  1998 did not qualify
    2000 did not enter
  2002
  2004 to   2010 did not qualify
    2012 did not enter
  2013 did not qualify
  2015 Withdrew
  2017 to   2023 did not qualify
  2025 to be determined
Total 0/34

Indian Ocean Island GamesEdit

Indian Ocean Island Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1979 Runners-up 2nd 4 1 1 2 11 6
  1985 Group stage 6th 2 0 0 2 1 4
  1990 Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 3 9
  1993 Fourth place 4th 4 0 0 4 3 12
  1998 Third place 3rd 4 2 0 2 9 10
  2003 Third place 3rd 4 1 2 1 3 6
  2007 Group stage 5th 2 1 0 1 2 4
  2011 Champions 1st 5 3 2 0 10 4
  2015 Group stage 5th 3 1 0 2 4 3
  2019 Fourth place 4th 4 0 2 2 2 8
Total 1 Title 10/10 34 10 7 18 48 66

CECAFA CupEdit

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2000 Excluded
2001
2002 did not enter
2003
2004
2005 Round 1 11th 1 0 0 1 0 3
2006 Round 1 7th 2 0 1 1 1 3
2007 Round 1 13th 2 0 0 2 0 7
  2008 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 8 2
  2009 Group stage 13th 3 0 0 3 2 6
  2013 Group stage 13th 2 0 0 2 2 8
  2015 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 0 2
  2016 Group stage 14th 3 0 0 3 0 10
  2017 Group stage 14th 3 0 0 3 1 10
  2018 Group stage 12th 3 0 2 1 2 3
  2019 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 0 6
Total Group stage 11/19 28 1 6 21 16 60

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 2 February 2023. Retrieved 2 February 2023.
  3. ^ a b "Sport in The Seychelles". www.topendsports.com. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  4. ^ "History Of Seychelles Football & Federation". Cerf Resort.
  5. ^ FIFA.com (27 August 2020). "Spectacular Seychelles' footballing passion". Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  6. ^ FIFA.com (1 September 2011). "Seychelles making historic waves". Retrieved 25 September 2020.[dead link]
  7. ^ "Seychelles FIFA Goal Project" (PDF). FIFA.com. 21 April 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 March 2018. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Seychelles Football Federation & history". www.cerf-resort.com. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Goal Project 2-Seychelles' football house inaugurated". Seychelles Nation. 16 February 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  10. ^ squad for AFCON 2023 qualification

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