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Mauritius caused arguably the biggest upset
in Cosafa Castle 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 last year.
But Club M are still seeking to get past
the quarter-final stage of the southern African championship. In 2001,
Mauritius 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.
There last appearance in 2009 resulted in
two defeats to Zimbabwe and Lesotho respectively.
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 Castle Cup for the first time in 2000.
A long-time participant in all African
competitions, Mauritius have been finalists at the African Nations Cup once
before, participating in the 1974 tournament. The country also hosted the
first-ever African Under-20 championships.