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The Seychelles competed in the Cosafa
Castle Cup for the first time in 2005 when they played in the mini tournament
in Mauritius, but were beaten 3-0 by South Africa on a pond-like pitch in

The island nation, who were granted
membership of Cosafa in 1999, had been excluded from previous editions of the
competition because of their failure to send a team to all of Cosafa’s youth
tournaments, which is prerequisite for participation in the Cosafa Senior

But in recent years, they have fulfilled
that obligation and now pit their talent against the region’s best.

After a disappointing showing in 2006 and
2007, they won their first-ever match in the competition as they hammered
Mauritius 7-0, in no small part thanks to four goals from Philip Zialor, the
only player to score four times in a Cosafa senior tournament match.

However, a draw against Madagascar and a
defeat to Swaziland meant they failed to make the quarterfinals.

They lost all three of their matches in the
2009 event to Swaziland, Comoros and Botswana.

The Seychelles is the smallest country in
Africa but have made fine strides at full international level, winning two of
their matches in the 2004 African Nations Cup qualifying group, when they beat
both Zimbabwe and Eritrea at home. In 2001, the country also hosted the African
under-17 championships.