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Matchworn Jacques-Désiré Périatambée

(presumably) 29.04.2000 ZAF 🇿🇦 : MUS 🇲🇺 3-0

Source: eBay

Manufacturer: Umbro (?)


Looking for Mauritius jerseys on the internet is a rather confusing task:

There are a lot of genuine looking fakes and a lot of fake looking genuine shirts.

Most of their old shirts are white with the colored stripes of their national flag and the sleeves and usually a Mauritian flag on the chest. Fakes (or fanshirts) are made by “Allsport” and genuine shirts by “Citizen Sport”, although there also seem to be exceptions to this rule.

Then there’s the task of finding evidence, that the particular model was actually worn by the team. Google image search doesn’t help much, so I painstakingly clicked my way through a million of unsorted Mauritius football pictures on a Facebook fanpage, to harvest as many pictures of the national team, as I could.

Yet, when I found this shirt on eBay, no picture of this model was to be found among my several dozen Mauritius pictures. Now, two years after getting it, I was finally able to find some pictures of the team wearing both the red and the white version of the shirt.

Obviously, the shirt is made by Umbro, as the pattern in the shirt suggests, yet, there is not trace of an Umbro logo, as the shirt features a “Club M” (the nickname of the team) badge on the spot that is usually inhabited by the manufacturer badge. To make things more difficult, the tag on the collar was cut out.

It's definitely a fantastic addition, as my other Mauritius shirt, despite also being matchworn, is a bit boring.

A picture of Mauritius wearing the red version of the shirt against Egypt in 2000...
...and a grainy one of them wearing the white version.

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