The Mauritania national football team is also known as Lions of Chinguetti represents Mauritania in men's international football. It is controlled by the Fédération de Football de la République Islamique de Mauritanie, They have not qualified for the FIFA World Cup and is a member of the Confederation of African Football.
Mauritania beat Mauritius 1–0 in the first leg of a preliminary round qualifier for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Nouakchott. SC Bastia's midfielder Adama Ba scored the only goal midway through the first half. The return leg in Curepipe ended 2–0 in favour of Mauritania. The scorers were Demba Sow and Moulaye Ahmed Bessam.
In the first round, first leg match, Mauritania beat visitors Equatorial Guinea 1–0 in Nouakchott. The two sides headed into the break scoreless in their match played at Office du Complexe Olympique de Nouakchott. Hosts Mauritania broke the deadlock in the 76th minute through their Tunisian-based striker Ismael Diakite. In the return match, Equatorial Guinea beat Mauritania 3–0 in Malabo. Equatorial Guinea won 3–1 on aggregate. However, on 3 July 2014, the CAF announced that Equatorial Guinea was disqualified for fielding the ineligible player Thierry Fidjeu in the tie, and as a result, Mauritania advanced to the second round. Equatorial Guinea later qualified for the final tournament as replacement hosts.
On 18 November 2018, Mauritania qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history, after they won 2–1 against Botswana to seal a spot in the 2019 tournament.
The Lions of Chinguetti Head Coach is Didier Gomes Da Rosa and the team's home stadium is Stade Olympique. Most Caps player was Ismael Diakhite with 63 Appearances, The team's all-time highest goal scorer was also Bessam with 12 goals.