Africa-Press – Namibia. MAURITIUS caused arguably the biggest upset in Cosafa Cup history in 2004 when they beat South Africa, who had a full-strength team headed to the African Nations Cup finals in Tunisia, in the first round in Curepipe.
But Club M are still seeking to get past the quarter-final stage of the southern African championship.
In 2001, they were quarter-finalists after beating Namibia and but then lost 1-0 to Angola in Luanda.
In 2004 their hopes were dashed in the last eight when they went down 3-1 to Zambia. In 2008 they suffered the indignity of a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of fellow islanders, Seychelles, the biggest defeat in the history of the competition.
The side exited the 2013 finals in the group phase despite a thumping 4-0 win over Seychelles in their final match.
Mauritius entered the 2015 Cosafa Cup with high hopes, but were bundled out in the first round despite again defeating Seychelles.
And they exited in the first round again in 2016 when they managed to win just one of their three first round games against a young Angola.
The side went out in the pool stages in 2017, 2018 and 2019, though mixed in there was a 1-0 victory over Malawi in Polokwane. That was a seventh win in 34 games at the tournament down the years.
Club M won the gold medal at the 2003 Indian Ocean Island Games, beating Reunion in the final at their newly refurbished stadium at Curepipe. Mauritius only joined Cosafa in 1999 and played in the Cosafa Cup for the first time in 2000.
A long-time participant in all African competitions, Mauritius have been finalists at the Africa Cup of Nations once before, participating in the 1974 tournament.
The country also hosted the first-ever African under-20 championships.