Mauritius’ greatest-ever footballing achievement dates back to 1974, when they appeared at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations for the first and so far only time. Since then, Les Dodos have taken part in six FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaigns, without ever having got past the first round. Their last attempt ended in even greater disappointment, as financial difficulties led to their withdrawing and scheduled opponents Liberia automatically qualifying for the second round.
Over the past decade, the Mauritians have struggled to string a series of positive results together, suffering early exits in continental competitions. The national FA has not been slow to react, implementing development programmes that may reverse this negative trend in the long run. In the meantime, the team will focus on putting in a good showing in the qualifiers for Russia 2018, relying on a core group of Mauritius-based players as well as experienced expatriates like the Bru brothers, Jonathan and Kevin.
1 – Mauritius have won just one World Cup qualifying match in their history, versus Uganda (3-1) during the Germany 2006 campaign.
The former stars
Desire L'Enclume, Kersley Appou, Jacques-Desire Periatambee, Dany Imbert, Jimmy Cundasamy, Jean-Marc Ithier