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Mauritius
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Club M
Les Dodos (The Dodos)
Association Mauritius Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation COSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coach Tony François
Captain Kevin Jean-Louis
Most caps Henri Speville (72)
Top scorer Daniel Imbert (17)
Home stadium Stade George V
FIFA code MRI
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 156 Steady (7 February 2019)
Highest 112 (December 1992)
Lowest 203 (November 2012)
Elo ranking
Current 184 Decrease 2 (3 March 2019)
Highest 46 (November 1968)
Lowest 187 (6 August 2011)
First international
 Mauritius 2–1 Réunion Réunion
(Madagascar; Date Unknown 1947)
Biggest win
 Mauritius 15–2 Réunion Réunion
(Madagascar; Date Unknown 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
Appearances 1 (first in 1974)
Best result Group stage (1974)
COSAFA Cup
Appearances 16 (first in 2000)
Best result Quarter-finals (2001, 2004)

The Mauritius national football team (French: [Équipe de Maurice de football] Error: {{Lang}}: text has italic markup (help)), 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 Tony François.

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, 2011 and 2019.

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 to 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) angry about a controversial penalty awarded to Fire Brigade Sports Club (now renamed as Pamplemousses SC) 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.

During 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, Les Dodos achieved their best results in many year, defeating both Mozambique and Rwanda. However, they were unable to build on these wins, losing to Comoros and then São Tomé and Príncipe in the preliminary round of the next two editions. During the 2023 qualifiers, Mauritius faced São Tomé again and lost 1–0 in the first leg and drew 3–3 at home, failing to progress. Following the result, CAF ruled that one of the São Tomé players was not eligible, awarding Mauritius a 3–0 victory and sending them into the group stages for the first time since 2017.

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Media coverage

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

Kit providers

Kit provider Period
Germany Puma 1985–1998
Mauritius Allsports 1998–2003
United States Nike 2003–2006
Mauritius Allsports 2006–2009
Germany Adidas 2009–2017
Spain Joma 2017–2019
Germany Adidas 2019–2022
Italy Macron 2022–Present

Supporters' groups

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.

Stadium

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

2022

2023

Staff

Current staff

Position Name
Head coach Mauritius Tony François
Technical director South Africa Zunaid Mall
Assistant Technical director Mauritius Baharj Santokhi
Team manager Mauritius Ganesh Sakhotha
Assistant coach Mauritius Ayush Prasad
Assistant coach Mauritius Sunil Gurung
Physiotherapist Mauritius Anuj Kumar
Head of Delegation Mauritius Deepak Choudhury

Managerial history

  • England Harry Brophy (1957–59)
  • Mauritius Joseph Le Roy (1959–63)
  • Scotland Danny McLennan (1963–64)
  • Mauritius Mohammad Anwar Elahee (1970–88)
  • Germany Helmut Kosmehl (1976–88)
  • Germany Rudi Gutendorf (1993)
  • Mauritius Mohammad Anwar Elahee (1994–96)
  • Mauritius Akbar Patel (1996-97)
  • Germany Rudi Gutendorf (1997)
  • Mauritius Ashok Chundunsing (1998)
  • Mauritius Rajen Dorasami & Mauritius France L'Aiguille (1998–02)
  • France Patrick Parizon (2002–03)
  • Mauritius Akbar Patel & Mauritius Saoud Lallmahomed (2003)
  • Mauritius Elvis Antoine & Mauritius Rajesh Gunesh (2003–05)
  • Mauritius Sarjoo Gowreesunkur (2006)
  • Mauritius Rajen Dorasami & Mauritius France L'Aiguille (2006)
  • Mauritius Akbar Patel (2007)
  • Mauritius Ashok Chundunsing (2007–08)
  • Mauritius Benjamin Théodore (2008–09)
  • Mauritius Akbar Patel (2009–14)
  • France Didier Six (2015)
  • France Alain Happe (2015–16)
  • Belgium Joe Tshupula (2016–17)
  • Brazil Francisco Filho (2017–18)
  • Mauritius Akbar Patel (2018–19)
  • Algeria Boualem Mankour (2020–2021)
  • Mauritius Tony François (2021–present)

Players

Current squad

The following players were selected for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against São Tomé and Príncipe on 23 and 27 March 2022 respectively.

Caps and goals as of 10 July 2022, after the game against Malawi.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Kevin Jean-Louis (1989-06-27) 27 June 1989 (age 34) 55 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses
1GK Xavier Darbon (2003-11-07) 7 November 2003 (age 20) 0 0 Unattached

2DF Marco Dorza (1988-10-08) 8 October 1988 (age 35) 44 2 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim SC
2DF Damien Balisson (1996-10-28) 28 October 1996 (age 27) 35 1 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim SC
2DF Emmanuel Vincent (1997-08-27) 27 August 1997 (age 26) 35 1 Mauritius Pamplemousses
2DF Lindsay Rose (captain) (1992-02-08) 8 February 1992 (age 32) 7 0 Poland Legia Warsaw
2DF Fernando Jackson (1999-03-11) 11 March 1999 (age 24) 7 0 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim SC
2DF Dylan Collard (2000-04-16) 16 April 2000 (age 23) 2 1 Portugal Marítimo B

3MF Kevin Perticots (1996-05-01) 1 May 1996 (age 27) 46 6 Mauritius Pamplemousses
3MF Adel Langue (1997-09-17) 17 September 1997 (age 26) 29 0 France CA Vitry-sur-Seine
3MF Kévin Bru (1988-12-12) 12 December 1988 (age 35) 21 2 France C'Chartres
3MF Adrien François (1999-08-26) 26 August 1999 (age 24) 21 4 Mauritius GRSE Wanderers
3MF Hans Patate (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 25) 17 0 Mauritius GRSE Wanderers
3MF Yannick Aristide (2001-03-15) 15 March 2001 (age 22) 8 1 Mauritius Cercle de Joachim
3MF David Aristide (2002-02-01) 1 February 2002 (age 22) 8 0 Mauritius GRSE Wanderers
3MF Nilesh Rasdarising (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 30) 5 0 Mauritius AS Rivière du Rempart
3MF Wilson Moutou (2002-04-08) 8 April 2002 (age 21) 5 0 Mauritius CTN MFA
3MF Pascal Colin (1996-04-07) 7 April 1996 (age 27) 4 0 Mauritius Curepipe Starlight SC
3MF Jordan François (2002-05-05) 5 May 2002 (age 21) 0 0 Portugal Lusitano

4FW Andy Sophie (1987-06-26) 26 June 1987 (age 36) 57 11 Mauritius GRSE Wanderers
4FW Ashley Nazira (1995-11-11) 11 November 1995 (age 28) 21 8 Réunion Saint-Pauloise FC
4FW Jeremie Villeneuve (1994-04-25) 25 April 1994 (age 29) 14 0 France Andrézieux-Bouthéon

Recent call ups

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Loïc Michel (2002-07-06) 6 July 2002 (age 21) 4 0 Mauritius GRSE Wanderers v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022

DF Walter Duprey St. Martin (1984-07-07) 7 July 1984 (age 39) 23 1 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
DF Kerlson Agathe (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 32) 12 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
DF Jonathan Spéville (1991-01-26) 26 January 1991 (age 33) 11 0 Mauritius Roche-Bois Bolton City v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
DF Rodney Castel (1990-08-24) 24 August 1990 (age 33) 3 0 Mauritius GRSE Wanderers v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
DF Stephane Gentil (2002-02-16) 16 February 2002 (age 22) 5 0 Mauritius Roche-Bois Bolton City v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022

MF Mervyn Jocelyn (1991-08-21) 21 August 1991 (age 32) 19 1 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
MF Adrien Botlar (1996-09-19) 19 September 1996 (age 27) 18 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
MF Stéphan Nabab (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 (age 31) 15 1 Mauritius Savanne SC v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
MF Hans Patate (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 25) 5 0 Mauritius GRSE Wanderers v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
MF Owen Foolchand (2001-09-20) 20 September 2001 (age 22) 4 0 Mauritius GRSE Wanderers v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
MF Fabrice Brasse (1996-07-15) 15 July 1996 (age 27) 2 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
MF Vashist Calcutta (2000-01-18) 18 January 2000 (age 24) 1 0 Mauritius Entente Boulet Rouge SC v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022

FW Kengy Saramandif (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 26) 5 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022
FW Linsley Brasse (1993-08-04) 4 August 1993 (age 30) 1 0 Mauritius Pamplemousses v.    Nepal; 29 January 2022

Player records

Players in bold are still active with Mauritius.

Competitive record

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
Uruguay 1930 Part of  United Kingdom Part of  United Kingdom
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962
England 1966
Mexico 1970
West Germany 1974 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 5
Argentina 1978 to
Spain 1982
Did not enter Did not enter
Mexico 1986 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 0 5
Italy 1990 Banned by FIFA Banned by FIFA
United States 1994 Did not enter Did not enter
France 1998 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 7
South Korea Japan 2002 2 0 0 2 2 6
Germany 2006 2 1 0 1 3 4
South Africa 2010 6 0 1 5 3 17
Brazil 2014 Withdrew during qualifying Withdrew during qualifying
Russia 2018 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 2 5
Qatar 2022 2 0 0 2 0 3
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 20 1 3 16 14 52

Africa Cup of Nations record

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Not affiliated to CAF
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962
Ghana 1963
Tunisia 1965
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 2 8
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify
Nigeria 1980
Libya 1982
Ivory Coast 1984
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988 Withdrew
Algeria 1990 Did not qualify
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994
South Africa 1996
Burkina Faso 1998
Ghana Nigeria 2000
Mali 2002
Tunisia 2004
Egypt 2006
Ghana 2008
Angola 2010
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012
South Africa 2013 Did not enter
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Gabon 2017
Egypt 2019
Cameroon 2021
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025 To be determined
Total Round 1 1/34 3 0 0 3 2 8

Head-to-head record

 Mauritius 1–0 Rwanda 

Honours

Indian Ocean Games Triangulaire (10) :

  • Winners : 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957

Indian Ocean Games (2) :

  • Winners : 1985, 2003

See also

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  • Mauritius national under-20 football team
  • Mauritius national beach soccer team
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