Mauritius will appear at the COSAFA Women’s Championship for the second time having been hosts of the inaugural event three years ago.
The COVID-19 pandemic means they missed the last two tournaments in 2020 and 2021, but there is a renewed energy about the side this year and they are ready to make their mark in the competition that forms part of the Region 5 Games Lilongwe 2022.
It will be no easy road having been drawn in a tough Group A that contains South Africa, who they meet in their opener on December 3, and hosts Malawi (December 5).
With the top two teams in the pool advancing to the semifinals, they will likely need at least a draw in one of those fixtures.
They can take some heart from their maiden showing in 2019 when they did pick up a victory but finished third in the four-team pool.
Mauritius started with a thumping 5-1 win over Comoros, but then lost 11-0 to eventual winners Uganda and 8-0 to Zambia.
On that occasion they were led by coach Kofi Kawata, and it is a shame they were not able to build on those performances in the following two years.
The issues around the COVID-19 pandemic meant they also did not enter the qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. They have, in fact, never entered the qualifiers and this will be a target in the coming years.
MAURITIUS’ COSAFA WOMEN’S UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP RECORD
2019 – Group Stages
2020 – Did not enter
2021 – Did not enter