Football in Mauritania
As in the majority of African countries, football is the number one sport in Mauritania. Mauritania belongs to the group of countries that regularly register for FIFA and AFC qualifying competitions. Although Mauritanian football success stories have been few and far between, it is to be hoped that the quality of football will improve as a direct result of the Goal project. There are already a considerable number of professionals under the guidance of top coaches such as Sneïdry, Birama Gaye and Moussda Ould Ghassoum. However, following the team's disappointing showing in the 2004 African Cup of Nations, Ghassoum was replaced.
The first Goal Project
On 4 July 2001, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of association headquarters with a technical centre in Nouakchott. Construction work was completed in 2002 and the project inaugurated in spring 2003. This new football centre is now the base for the association's nationwide work as well as for development courses for all disciplines. The Mauritanian House of Football also provides accommodation for those taking part in the association's initiatives.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National association headquarters and technical centre in Nouakchott
Project approved
4 July 2001
Opened on 4 February 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 49,296 Total cost USD 449,296