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Perhaps one wonders how much of the Mauritanian fans think that professional player Dominique da Silva, for example, or the heart of the attack, Adama Ba, goalkeeper Babacar Diop and 17 other African players, belong to what has become known as the "Negro nationality" ", Hold the hope of the Mauritanian people in a sports demonstration of this magnitude?

While some do not find it strange that a country should naturalize a professional player in his national team – as many countries around the world do – the situation is different in Mauritania, where all players are now indigenous.

Thus, the Mauritanians' current qualification for the African Cup of Nations – which represents the majority of "Negro" Mauritanians – has managed to unite Mauritanians of all sects, races and orientations. Which means in one form or another that sport in Mauritania has been able to succeed in the failed policy, according to sports journalist Hammoud Ould Omar, who accompanied the Mauritanian team at his residence in Egypt now.

Celebrating all elements of the team

Fußball Africa Cup of Nations 2019 Nationalmannschaft von Mauretanien (- / J. Oumar)

Some players of the Mauritanian team known as "Almoravids".

The issue of Negroes has long been a matter of division and taboo in Mauritanian society, especially since the events of 1989, in which the regime of former President Maaouya Ould Taya was accused of ethnic cleansing. As some of their politicians still raise demands for equity and integration in state institutions despite the reconciliation initiatives carried out by the subsequent regimes and ended with the return of the displaced and give them financial compensation.

Although reconciliation efforts have not been able to eliminate the ethnic sensitivities and cultural distinctions between Mauritanian "Negroes" and other groups of society, they have undoubtedly paved the way for today's celebration of the community and its pride in what the players have achieved, especially those who have made their way to professionalism Poor people in the capital Nouakchott.

One of the most striking examples of this is the experience of professional player Dominique da Silva, who started playing from Dar Naim, one of the poorest districts of Nouakchott, but thanks to his great skill he managed to overcome many social obstacles. – Arabia also confirms the sports journalist Hamoud Ould Omar.

After the controversy over his Christian religion and the extent of his membership in Mauritanian society in recent years, the latter managed to acquire Mauritanian nationality to be a key element in the national team (the Mourabitoun) and to raise the flag of Mauritania in more than one coronation. And Saudi Arabia.

The success of Dominique da Silva and other members of the Mauritanian national team of Mauritanian Negroes has already settled the controversy over the identity and affiliation of most players, especially when some players chose Senegalese nationality, playing in the colors of their team due to ease of integration and absence. Appreciation in the Mauritanian society on the other.

Transparent selection criteria

Mauritanian footballer Sidi Mohamed Ould Oli said the issue had been overcome in recent years thanks to the efforts of sports officials in Mauritania.

Sidi Mohamed Ely Fußballfan Mauretanien (- / J. Oumar)

Mauritanian fan Sidi Mohamed Ould Aley.

He adds in an interview with – Arabia that the Mauritanians' view of this issue has changed in recent years, and they are "turning around the team and proud of it, which made them go beyond all differences and see themselves through it."

"All the players in the current squad deserve to be in the squad because they have been selected transparently from the excellent Mauritanian role and from professional players abroad regardless of their constituents," said the cheerleader.

"If you look today at the slogan" Our team brings us together ", which appears in the streets of the capital, Nouakchott, I realize that the national team has united and represents for them a source of pride and pride."

The position of those interested in sport in Mauritania or those close to it does not appear to be fully in line with what is seen by other people interested in human rights and those who follow social changes in general. A difference may reflect the angle at which they are viewed.

"Almoravids" and the representation of Mauritania

Oubeid Imijin mauretanischer Aktivist (- / J. Oumar)

Rights activist Obaid Ould Emigen.

"The renaissance of sport in Mauritania has not been matched by a major development in mindset," said Ebeid Ould Emigen, a human rights activist and critic of social attitudes with racist backgrounds. "If the national team made up of poor people has achieved a historic achievement in the continental seasons, the national elites have not given it the necessary media backing."

"Why do they represent Mauritania," he says, referring to the ethnic and class affiliations of the players, saying that they are not absent from the current debate behind the emergence of "brave players."

But Obeid Ould Emig is back to admit that some members of other Mauritanian society groups play important roles in the national team's administrative and administrative system, although this did not preclude further questions that may be the atmosphere of the presidential elections in Mauritania. They are widely traded.

All of which shed light on a social reality that still needs a lot of time and effort to overcome, a question that is undoubtedly part of the main tasks of the newly elected president and the institutions of his next regime.

Jamal Mohammed Omar / Nouakchott

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