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Seychelles national football team

The Seychelles national football team represents Seychelles in international football and is controlled by the Seychelles Football Federation (SFF). SFF is a member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). 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.

Seychelles
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)The Pirates[1]
AssociationSeychelles Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachJan Mak
Most capsGervais Waye-Hive (36)
Top scorerPhilip Zialor (11)
Home stadiumStade Linité
FIFA codeSEY
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 200 Decrease 2 (24 October 2019)[2]
Highest129 (October 2006)
Lowest200 (July 2013, November 2013, October 2019)
Elo ranking
Current 198 Decrease 3 (18 October 2019)[3]
Highest168 (July 2008)
Lowest198 (October 2019)
First international
 Réunion 2–0 Seychelles 
(Réunion; 13 February 1974)
Biggest win
 Seychelles 9–0 Maldives 
(Réunion; 27 August 1979)
Biggest defeat
 Seychelles 1–8 Libya 
(Stade Linite, Seychelles; 17 November 2018)
 Rwanda 7–0 Seychelles 
(Kigali, Rwanda; 10 September 2019)

HistoryEdit

 
Seychelles v Ethiopia at Stade Linité, 5 September 2015

Seychelles have never qualified for the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations or the World Cup. The team first attempted to qualify for the African Cup of Nations in 1986, losing to Mauritius.

Under Montenegrin coach Vojo Gardašević, the Seychelles team made their debut in the World Cup qualifiers in April 2000. Philip Zialor got the equaliser for Seychelles in a 1–1 draw against Namibia at Stade Linité. In the return leg match, Seychelles lost 3–0.

In their attempt to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, Seychelles lost 0–4 at home to Zambia but played a 1–1 draw in the away match. Robert Suzette was the scorer of Seychelles’ goal in Lusaka. 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.

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.

Competition recordsEdit

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 Did not enter Did not enter
  1934
  1938
  1950
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974
  1978
  1982
  1986
  1990
  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 16 0 2 14 6 46

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / 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   2021 Did not qualify
  2023 To be determined
  2025 To be determined
Total 0/32

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 3rd 3 1 0 2 4 3
Total 1 Title 9/9 31 10 5 16 46 58

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

Recent results and fixturesEdit

CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mugabe, Bonnie (4 January 2008). "Rwanda: Shungu Sacked By Seychelles".
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.

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