Area 451 sq km
Capital City Victoria
Official languages English, French
President James Michel
SEYCHELLES FOOTBALL FEDERATION
President Elvis Chetty
PO Box 843
Affiliated to FIFA 1986
Affiliated to CAF 1986
Honours 2011 Indian Ocean Games winners
Seychelles have been regular competitors in COSAFA competitions and have steadily improved their showings as the years have gone by. Their victory in the 2011 Indian Ocean Games will have come as a huge boost in confidence to the team. The current side is coached by Ulrich Mathiot, who is in his third spell with the team.
SEYCHELLES COSAFA CUP HISTORY
The Seychelles competed in the Cosafa 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 Curepipe.
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 Challenge.
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, and were also ousted from the 2013 event after a pair of defeats to Namibia and Mauritius.
Following an excellent draw to eventual champions Namibia in their opening match of the 2015 tournament, defeats to Zimbabwe and Mauritius meant it was another first round exit.
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.
COSAFA CUP RESULT RECORD
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