Anjalay Stadium, Belle Vue, Mauritius

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Anjalay is the home of Pamplemousses* SC, Arsenal Wanderers (formed 1885)and AS Riviere du Rempe. It’s mainly a soccer venue but is used for many sports – including motor racing in the surrounding carparks.

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According to our taxi driver Claude, soccer lovers in Mauritius are split 50-50 – Liverpool and Manchester United. “We love football but we don’t have a good team,” he said. In the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers Mauritius was in a group in the Africa zone with Cameroon, Cape Vedre and Tanzania. A one-all draw with Tanzania in their first game was the best result. Mauritius scored three goals and conceded 17.

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Most will remember the shameful performance by France in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. It started before the walk-outs, hissy fits and limp performances. France was due to drop in at Mauritius for a pre-tournament training camp. The stadiums, including Anjalay, were spruced up and the French didn’t turn up.

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*Pamplemousses means grapefruit.

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