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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

A Shell of a Team

JOHANNESBURG () -- The tiny islands of the Seychelles failed to make soccer history at the weekend when they bowed out of the preliminary rounds of the African Nations Cup.

Trailing fellow Indian Ocean islanders Mauritius 1-0 from the first leg, they were held to a 1-1 draw at home on Saturday despite playing against 10 men for most of the match.

The 2-1 aggregate took Mauritius into the group phase of the qualifiers for the 1998 finals, and kept up the Seychelles' record of never having won an official match in their 10 years of FIFA membership.