Mauritius national football team

Mauritius
Nickname(s) Club M, Les Dodos
Association Mauritius Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coach Jimmy Cundasamy
Captain Kevin Bru
Most caps Jimmy Cundasamy (52)
Top scorer Andy Sophie (11)
Home stadium Stade Anjalay
FIFA code MRI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 155 (16 August 2018)
Highest 112 (December 1992)
Lowest 203 (November 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 181 (10 August 2018)
Highest 46 (November 1968)
Lowest 187 (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 
(Cairo, 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
Appearances 1 (first in 1974)
Best result Group stage, 1974

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 Francisco Filho.

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.

History

Early years

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–1990s

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[1]) angry about a controversial penalty awarded to Fire Brigade Sports Club (now renamed as Pamplemousses SC[1]) 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 day

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. In 2017, Jack Ramful from Spondon became the first ever starter for the Mauritian national team without being scouted. He sent his DVD in to the football association and was quickly snapped up after doing eighty-six (86) kick ups on Brunswood park.

Awards and records

Indian Ocean Games Triangulaire (10) :

Indian Ocean Games (2) :


World Cup record

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 To be determined To be determined
2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 18 2 2 14 13 49

African Nations Cup record

International matches record

Team image

Media coverage

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

Uniforms

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.

Supporters' groups

On May 30, 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.[2]

Stadia

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.

Schedule

  Win   Draw   Loss

Recent results

Players

Current squad

The following is the 18-man squad for the friendly match against Togo on November 12, 2017.

Caps and goals as of November 12, 2017, after the game against  Togo.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kévin Jean-Louis (1989-06-27) June 27, 1989 14 0 Pamplemousses
16 1GK Gregory Nany (1997-11-12) November 12, 1997 Cercle de Joachim

3 2DF Damien Balisson (1996-10-28) October 28, 1996 10 0 Cercle de Joachim
4 2DF Francis Rasolofonirina (1987-07-22) July 22, 1987 11 1 Petite Rivière Noire
5 2DF Kylian Yrnard (1995-06-18) June 18, 1995 3 0 Waterloo
17 2DF Fabien Pithia (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 25 0 Curepipe Starlight
18 2DF Mervyn Jocelyn (1991-08-21) August 21, 1991 2 0 Pamplemousses

2 3MF Kerlson Agathe (1997-09-27) September 27, 1997 13 0 Pamplemousses
6 3MF Adel Langue (1997-09-27) September 27, 1997 13 0 Paris FC
8 3MF Arassen Ragaven (1987-04-08) April 8, 1987 14 0 Unattached
10 3MF Kévin Bru (1988-12-12) December 12, 1988 13 1 Apollon Limassol
11 3MF Jérémy Villeneuve (1994-04-25) April 25, 1994 2 0 Ivry
12 3MF Stéphane Nabab (1992-02-29) February 29, 1992 AS Port-Louis 2000
13 3MF Allyson Jolicoeur (1999-02-10) February 10, 1999 1 0 GRSE Wanderers
14 3MF Kévin Perticots (1996-05-01) May 1, 1996 10 1 Pamplemousses
15 3MF Fabien Pithia (1987-05-07) May 7, 1987 36 0 Curepipe Starlight

7 3MF Frédéric Sarah (1998-02-26) February 26, 1998 4 1 Quatre Bornes
9 3MF Gary Noël (1990-03-07) March 7, 1990 6 1 Weiche

Recent callups

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 Christopher Caserne (1993-02-22) February 22, 1993 13 0 Bolton City YC v.  Comoros, March 28, 2017

DF Nick Harel (1992-01-11) January 11, 1992 0 0 Bolton City v.  Comoros, March 28, 2017
DF Fabrice Augustin (1995-02-28) February 28, 1995 La Cure Sylvester v.  Comoros, March 28, 2017

MF Samuel Brasse (1996-07-15) July 15, 1996 26 0 Bolton City v.  Comoros, March 28, 2017

FW Andy Sophie (1990-05-07) May 7, 1990 23 12 Saint-Louisienne v.  Comoros, March 28, 2017
FW Andy Patate (1985-06-18) June 18, 1985 Petite Rivière Noire v.  Comoros, March 28, 2017
FW Jonathan Justin (1991-02-27) February 27, 1991 4 0 Unattached v.  Comoros, March 28, 2017

Notes:

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

Staff

Current staff

Position Name
Head coach Jimmy Cundasamy
Assistant coach Gopal Jayasuriya
Assistant coach Sanjay Devani
Team manager Ujjwal Ghosh
Physiotherapist Anuj Kumar
Head of Delegation Deepak Choudhury

Managerial history

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
2003–05 Elvis Antoine  Rajesh Gunesh
2006 Sarjoo Gowreesunkur
2006 Rajen Dorasami  France L'Aiguille
2007 Akbar Patel
2007–08 Ashok Chundunsing
2008–09 Benjamin Théodore
2009–14 Akbar Patel
2015 Didier Six
2015–16 Alain Happe
2016–17 Joe Tshupula
2017- Francisco Filho

Player records

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