Mauritania national football team is an international team that represents the republic of Mauritania in men's football. While the team is a member of the Confederation of African Football, it is managed by the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
What is the Mauritania national football team's nickname? The team is dubbed Al-Murabitun or Lions of Chinguetti. Read on to this article and find more information about Mauritania's national football team roster, its player, coach, AFCON participation and much more.
- Full name: Mauritania National Football Team
- Nickname: Al-Murabitun and Lions of Chinguetti
- Managed by: Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
- Founded: 1963
- Colours: Green, white, and black
- Federation: CAF
- Head coach: Didier Gomes Da Rosa
- Captain: Aboubakar Kamara
- Most caps: Ismail Diakhité (63)
- Top scorer: Bessam (12
- FIFA ranking: 103 (as of December 2021)
- Lowest FIFA ranking: 206 (2012)
- Stadium: Stade Olympique
- FIFA code: MTN
Mauritania national football team history
When did Mauritania national football team debut in the football scene? Mauritania made their debut in the football scene in 1963, after attaining independence from France. Unfortunately, while their first match was against Congo Kinshasa, they lost it to the opponent team.
The team's first-ever goal in avoidance of defeat was in 1967 when it played against Tanzania and came out with a 1-1 draw.
FIFA World Cup campaign
Has the team ever qualified in the FIFA World Cup campaigns? Unfortunately, yes. Lions of Chinguetti entered 1998, 2002, and 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification. However, since then, they have never qualified for the matches.
Mauritania made their AFCON debut in 2015 when they played against Mauritius and beat them 1-0 in the first leg of a preliminary round qualifier for the 2015 AFCON qualifications in Nouakchott. Later in November 2018, Mauritania qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history, after they won 2–1 against Botswana.
Is Mauritania national football team playing AFCON 2021?
Following the team's qualifications to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Mauritania's optimism in their success immensely grew to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations. Therefore they are participating in the competitions and are placed in Group F.
- 12 January: Tunisia vs Mali
- 12 January: Mauritania vs Gambia
- 16 January: Gambia vs Mali
- 16 January: Tunisia vs Mauritania
- 20 January: Gambia vs Tunisia
- 20 January: Mali vs Mauritania
Who are the current Mauritania national football team coach and captain?
For any prominence or success of a team, it is highly dependent on the availability of a skilled captain and coach. Have a look at the profiles of Mauritania's captain and coach below.
Mauritania national football team coach
Have a look at the profile of Mauritania's coach below.
- Full name: Didier Gomes Da Rosa
- Date of birth: 10 October 1969
- Age: 52 years old (as of January 2022)
- Zodiac sign: Libra
- Place of birth: Charenton-le-Pont, France
- Height in feet: 5'11"
- Height in centimetres: 181
- Nationality: French
- Current team: Mauritania national football team
Mauritania national football team captain
Here is the profile of Mauritania's captain.
- Full name: Aboubakar Kamara
- Date of birth: 7 March 1995
- Place of birth: Gonesse
- Age: 26 years old (as of January 2022)
- Nationality: Mauritania
- Zodiac sign: Pisces
- Height in feet: 5'10"
- Height in centimetres: 178
- Current team: Mauritania national football team
- Position: Centre-Forward
Who are Mauritania national football team players?
The following players have recently been called up for the Africa Cup of Nations competitions.
- Mohamed El Mokhtar (Douanes)
- Babacar Diop (Police)
- M'Backé N'Diaye (Nouakchott Kings)
- Yacoub Sidi Ethmane (Democratic Republic of the Congo AS Vita)
- Mouhamed Soueid (Mauritania Tevragh-Zeina)
- Ibréhima Coulibaly (France Le Mans)
- Bodda Mouhsine (Mauritania FC Nouadhibou)
- Beyatt Lekweiry (Mauritania Douanes)
- Khassa Camara (India NorthEast United)
- Guessouma Fofana (Romania Cluj)
- Almike N'Diaye (France Vaulx-en-Velin)
- Mohamed Dellahi Yali (Libya Al-Nasr)
- Abdallahi Mahmoud (Croatia NK Istra 1961)
- Diadié Diarra (France GOAL FC)
- Houssen Abderrahmane (Belgium Francs Borains)
- Abdoulkader Thiam (France US Orléans)
- Souleymane Karamoko (France Nancy)
- Aly Abeid (France Valenciennes)
- Harouna Abou Demba (France Grenoble)
- Abdoul Bâ (Libya Al-Ahli Tripoli)
- El Hassen Houeibib (Iraq Al-Zawraa)
- Oumar Camara (Bulgaria Beroe)
- Souleymane Doukara (Turkey Giresunspor)
- Pape Ibnou Ba (France Le Havre)
- Aboubakar Kamara (Greece Aris)
- Idrissa Thiam (Mauritania ASAC Concorde)
- Hemeya Tanjy (Mauritania Nouadhibou)
- Adama Ba (Greece Lamia)
Mauritania national football team world rankings
According to the latest FIFA rankings, the Mauritania national football team sits at position 103 with 1190.26 points just after the Kenya national football team. What is Mauritania national football team highest FIFA ranking? The teams highest FIFA ranking was position 81 in 2017, while its lowest was 206 in 2012
Mauritania national football team trophies
Has the team won any trophy since they debuted in the football scene? Unfortunately, the team has not yet won any trophy. However, they are optimistic about winning the 2019 AFCON competitions.
Although some fans are beginning to lose hope of seeing the Mauritania national football team qualify for the World Cup competitions, the team is optimistic that they will bring home the Cup someday.
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