Chad national football team

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Nickname(s)Les Sao
AssociationChadian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
(Central Africa)
Head coachMoudou Kouta
CaptainEzechiel N'Douassel[1]
Most capsEzechiel N'Douassel (31)
Top scorerLéger Djimrangar (7)
Home stadiumStade Nacional
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 175 Increase 1 (25 July 2019)[2]
Highest97 (April 2016)
Lowest190 (June–September 1997)
Elo ranking
Current 146 Steady (30 July 2019)[3]
Highest115 (26 April 1991)
Lowest153 (8 November 1999)
First international
Chad Chad 2–2 Niger 
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; December 25, 1961)
Biggest win
Chad Chad 5–0 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Gabon; June 29, 1976)
Biggest defeat
 France Amateur 14–0 Chad Chad
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; December 27, 1961)
 Congo 11–0 ChadChad
(Congo; March 28, 1964)

The Chad national football team, nicknamed Sao, represents Chad in international football. The team is controlled by the Chadian Football Federation, the governing body for football in the country, and has been coached by Modou Kouta. The team has never qualified for the World Cup finals or Africa Cup of Nations. Home matches are played at the Idriss Mahamat Ouya Stadium. [4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]


The Chadian Football Federation was founded in 1962, and affiliated to FIFA and to CAF in 1988.

Chad's national football team didn't play a big role in world football until the 1990s. They didn't enter any qualifiers for Continental or World Cups until the early 1990s when they played their first qualifying matches for the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations, hosted by Senegal.[12] Until then, they played mostly friendly matches and minor cups, mostly with African teams.

The national team had a difficult start − the first match they ever played was in the L'Amitié Tournament, which took place in Senegal in 1963, and it was a 2–1 defeat to Liberia. Soon after, they suffered a 6–2 loss to Dahomey (now Benin).

They eventually found some success, defeating Sao Tome e Principe 5–0 in 1976. Notable players from that era include Nabatingue Toko, who played with French clubs from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.

Chad produced one of the most popular African players in Europe, Japhet N'Doram, who played as a striker for French club Nantes from 1991 to 1997.[13] He played 137 matches for Nantes and scored 73 goals. He finished his career in AS Monaco in 1998 following a persistent injury sustained during a match against Nantes.

The Chad national football team never qualified for either the Africa Cup of Nations or the World Cup. They participated in the World Cup qualifiers three times, starting in 2000 when they were eliminated in the first round by Liberia, losing 0–1 at home, and playing 0–0 away. They were coached by Marcel Mao. Their next attempt was in 2003, under Yann Djim, but they were eliminated by Angola. They won their first home game when Francis Oumar Belonga scored a hat trick, 3–1. They lost their away match 2–0, and went no further. The qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup brought more matches because they played in a group phase together with Mali, Sudan and Congo. They finished at the bottom of the group, with six points (two wins and four losses). In the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, they were unsuccessful in four attempts.

In the qualifying competition for the 2014 World Cup, Chad faced Tanzania in a first-round playoff. Tanzania advanced despite shockingly losing 1–0 at home at Dar es Salaam's National Stadium. The Taifa Stars were tipped for an emphatic victory over the visitors, having won the first-leg 2–1 in N'Djamena. Chad stunned the home side three minutes after the break when Mahamat Ahmat Labo struck to silence the home crowd. But Tanzania managed to progress to the next round thanks to the away goals rule as they were tied 2–2 on aggregate.

Chad played against Malawi in the qualifiers for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Chad won the first leg match 3−2, but Malawi beat Chad 2−0 in Blantyre to proceed to the final qualifying round with an aggregate score of 4−3.[14]

In the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Malawi was the opponent once again. Malawi won 2–0 in the first leg at Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, but they lost 3–1 in Chad for the game to end three all on aggregate. The Flames went through on away goals rule. Forward Robin Ngalande turned into a savior for Malawi national team when he came off the bench to score a crucial goal in a 3–1 loss at Idriss Mahamat Ouya Stadium in N'Djamena.

Les Sao had a disappointing start into their qualifying campaign for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, losing 2−0 to Nigeria and slumping to a 5−1 defeat at home against Egypt. But it was then that things took a turn for the better, as coach Moudou Kouta, who was in charge of the side on an interim basis, took the team to an unexpected victory against Sierra Leone in the first round of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. Les Sao won 1−0[15] at home and even though they were beaten 2−1[16] in the return leg, they advanced to the second round of the qualifiers on away goals.

At that time, it was inaccurately reported in the media that Cameroon's legend Rigobert Song had replaced Kouta, but even though the former Indomitable Lions star confirmed that he was in discussions with Chad officials, he said that nothing was ever finalised. Yaya thus led the team for their next matches as well, and again he achieved considerable success as they managed to beat Gabon 1−0 in the qualifiers for the 2016 African Nations Championship. Although they were knocked out 2−1 on aggregate, it was another step forward.

Chad's most popular players today are Rodrigue Ninga, Ezechiel N'Douassel, Marius Mbaiam, Leger Djime, Mahamat Labbo, and Karl Max Barthelemy.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to France 1998 Did not enter Did not enter
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 0 1
Germany 2006 2 1 0 1 3 3
South Africa 2010 6 2 0 4 7 11
Brazil 2014 2 1 0 1 2 2
Russia 2018 4 2 0 2 3 6
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/21 16 6 1 9 15 23

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 to Egypt 1959 Part of  France
Ethiopia 1962 to Ghana 1963 Not affiliated to CAF
Tunisia 1965 to Algeria 1990 Did not enter
Senegal 1992 Did not qualify
Tunisia 1994 Withdrew during qualifying
South Africa 1996 to Burkina Faso 1998 Did not enter
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Did not qualify
Mali 2002 Did not enter
Tunisia 2004 to Ghana 2008 Did not qualify
Angola 2010 Disqualified in qualifying round
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 to Equatorial Guinea 2015 Did not qualify
Gabon 2017 Withdrew during qualifying
Egypt 2019 Banned from competition
Cameroon 2021 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025
Total 0/31


  • Winner: 2014
  • 1 Time Runners-up
UDEAC Championship :
  • 2 Time Runners-up

Recent Chad Results[edit]

Head-to-head records against other countries[edit]

As of June 01, 2014

List of coaches[edit]


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