MAURITIUS coach Denis Dookee says he has the ability to have a great tournament with his team at the 2018 MOPANI COSAFA Under-20 Championships to be staged in Kitwe from December 2-14.
Dookee has named his 20-man squad that relies heavily on players from the Under-17 category, including eight aged only 16.
The oldest player is midfielder Princeley Boudeuse, who is 19, as Dookee looks ahead to the qualifiers for the 2021 African Under-20 Championships scheduled for Mauritania.
According to COSAFA, Mauritius have been drawn in Group B at the COSAFA U20 Championships in Kitwe and will take on defending champions South Africa in their opening match on December 3.
They clash with eSwatini three days later, before rounding out their pool play against Namibia on December 8.
Only the top team in each pool and the best-placed runner-up advance to the semifinals.
“It will be difficult, but I know I’m capable,” Dookee said. “I have the ability to have a great tournament with this group.”
Having taken just a single point from six matches in the two tournaments before the 2016 showpiece event, they came within a whisker of reaching the knockout stages two years ago.
They needed to beat Angola in their final pool game to advance, but were held to a 1-1 draw to end the campaign unbeaten with a win and two draws, their best showing in the competition to date.
But that was followed by disappointment in 2017 when they lost all three of their games without scoring a goal.
Goalkeepers: Jean Michel, Owen Rabot
Defenders: Yoan Dupre, James Sophie, Jean Gentil, Jean Francois, Louis Philibert, Guilan Collet
Midfielders: John Lan Yee Chiu, Jean Antoine, Jean Aristide, Jean Aristide, Louis Jackson, Princeley Boudeuse, Vashist Calcutta
Strikers: Adrien Francois, Adriano Chiu Chung Fat, Jean Roussety, Jeremy Kawoa, Ludovic Milazar