Chad national football team
|Association||Fédération Tchadienne de Football|
|Head coach||Moudou Kouta|
|Home stadium||Stade Nacional|
|Current||150 1 (9 March 2017)|
|Highest||97 (April 2016)|
|Lowest||190 (June–September 1997)|
|Current||148 (26 March 2017)|
|Highest||120 (28 April 1990)|
|Lowest||150 (8 November 1999)|
| Chad 2–2 Niger
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; December 25, 1961)
| Chad 5–0 São Tomé and Príncipe
(Gabon; June 29, 1976)
France Amateur 14–0 Chad
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; December 27, 1961)
Congo 11–0 Chad
(Congo; March 28, 1964)
The Chad national football team, nicknamed Sao, represents Chad in international football. The team is controlled by the Fédération Tchadienne de Football, 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, capacity 30,000.
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. 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).
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. He played 137 matches for Nantes and scored 73 goals. He was also a member of the national football team, playing 36 matches and scoring 13 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 World Cup. They participated in World Cup qualifiers 3 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 match at home 3–1 when Francis Oumar Belonga scored a hat trick, but lost their away match 2–0, thus failing to go to next phase. 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 6 points (2 wins, 4 losses). In Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, they made 4 attempts without success.
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 qualifiers for 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Chad won the first leg match 3:2, but Malawi beat Chad 2:0 in Blantyre to qualify for the final qualifying round with an aggregate score of 4:3.
In qualifiers for 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 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign, losing 2-0 in 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 World Cup qualifiers. Les Sao won 1-0 at home and even though they were beaten 2-1 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 2016 African Nations Championship qualifiers. Although they were knocked out 2-1 on aggregate, it was another step forward.
World Cup record
African Nations Cup record
- 1957 to 1990 – Did not enter
- 1992 – Did not qualify
- 1994 – Withdrew during qualifying
- 1996 to 1998 – Did not enter
- 2000 – Did not qualify
- 2002 – Did not enter
- 2004 to 2008 – Did not qualify
- 2010 – Disqualified in qualifying round
- 2012 to 2015 – Did not qualify
- 2017 – Withdrew during qualifying
- 2019 – Banned
Recent Chad Results
|15 April 2014 Friendly||Chad||0–0||Yemen||Doha, Qatar|
|Report||Stadium: Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium
|17 May 2014 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification||Malawi||2–0||Chad||Blantyre, Malawi|
|Report||Stadium: Kamuzu Stadium
|31 May 2014 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification||Chad||3–1||Malawi||N'Djamena, Chad|
|Report||Mhango 60'||Stadium: Stade Idriss Mahamat Ouya
|5 September 2014 Friendly||Morocco||3–0||Chad||El Jadida, Morocco|
|Salaheddine Aqqal 7'
Hamza Abourazzouk 21' (pen.)
Zakaria Hadraf 52'
|Stadium: Stade El Abdi
|4 December 2014 2014 CEMAC Cup||Congo||1–1||Chad||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
|Arci Biassadila Mouanga 45+1'||Report||Ninga 33'||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo
Referee: Jean-Marc Ganamandji (Central African Republic)
|7 December 2014 2014 CEMAC Cup||Gabon||0–1||Chad||Malabo, Equatorial Guinea|
|Report||Ninga 73' (pen.)||Stadium: Nuevo Estadio de Malabo
Referee: Antoine Effa (Cameroon)
|9 December 2014 2014 CEMAC Cup||Equatorial Guinea||0–2||Chad||Equatorial Guinea|
|Referee: Béranger Woungui Antsagara (Gabon)
|14 December 2014 2014 CEMAC Cup||Chad||3–2||Congo||Bata, Equatorial Guinea|
Léger Djimrangar 15'
Rodrigue Ninga pen.'
|Report||Hardy Binguila 44' (pen.)
Constantine Chris Bakaki 75'
|Stadium: Estadio de Bata
Referee: Antoine Effa (Cameroon)
|6 June 2015 Friendly||Chad||2–1||Guinea||Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France|
Florentin Pogba (o.g.)
|Report||Abdoulaye Cissé||Stadium: Stade Municipal Saint-Leu-la-Forêt
|13 June 2015 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification||Nigeria||2–0||Chad||Kaduna, Nigeria|
|16:00 UTC+1||Salami 62'
|Report||Stadium: Ahmadu Bello Stadium,
Referee: Assoumane Moussa Gnali (Niger)
|6 September 2015 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification||Chad||1–5||Egypt||N'Djamena, Chad|
|15:30 (UTC+1)||Haroun 37'||Report||Morsi 2', 25', 62'
|Stadium: Stade Idriss Mahamat Ouya
Referee: Bienvenu Sinko (Ivory Coast)
|14 November 2015 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification||Chad||1–0||Egypt||N'Djamena, Chad|
|15:30 (UTC+1)||N'Douassel 73'||Report||Stadium: Stade Idriss Mahamat Ouya
Referee: Anietie Udoh (Nigeria)
|#||Name||Date of Birth (Age)||Club||Debut|
|1||Mbairamadji Dillah||18 September 1985||Foullah Edifice||v. Malawi, 17 May 2014|
|16||Gerrard Diarra||11 October 1994||CotonTchad||N/A|
|22||Kodion Ange||14 September 1996||Metz B||N/A|
|3||Morgan Betorangal||25 August 1988||MO Béjaïa||v. Egypt, 31 March 2012|
|5||Kévin Nicaise||17 April 1985||Dender||v. Malawi, 29 February 2012|
|12||Beadoum Monde||1 January 1988||Gazelle||v. Nigeria, 13 June 2015|
|13||Rodrigue N'Doram||25 November 1987||USJA Carquefou||N/A|
|14||Constant Madtoingué||23 September 1994||CotonTchad||v. Equatorial Guinea, 8 February 2011|
|23||Massama Asselmo||1 June 1990||Bitam||v. Niger, 19 June 2010|
|2||Léger Djimrangar||2 October 1987||Foullah Edifice||v. Congo, 9 September 2007|
|4||Herman Doumnan||25 September 1982||Gazelle||v. Togo, 17 November 2010|
|6||Nadjim Haroun||10 June 1988||Tienen||v. Malawi, 16 June 2012|
|7||Hilaire Kédigui||19 September 1982||Foullah Edifice||v. Congo, 8 October 2006|
|8||Azrack Mahamat||24 March 1988||Kerala Blasters FC||v. Sudan, 6 September 2008|
|10||Marius Mbaiam||1 July 1987||Belfort||v. Angola, 12 October 2003|
|15||Sanaa Altama||23 July 1990||FC Petrolul Ploiești||v. Egypt, 06 September 2015|
|20||Sylvain Idangar||8 March 1984||AS Lyon-Duchère||v. Malawi, 17 May 2014|
|21||Blaise Tokou||?||Lyon B||N/A|
|9||Karl Max Barthelemy||27 October 1986||Difaâ El Jadidi||v. Benin, 22 February 2007|
|11||Ezechiel N'Douassel (captain)||22 April 1988||Hapoel Tel Aviv||v. Equatorial Guinea, 8 February 2005|
|17||Mahamat Labbo||21 July 1988||R.O.C. de Charleroi-Marchienne||v. Botswana, 26 March 2011|
|18||Casimir Ninga||17 May 1993||Montpellier||v. Tanzania, 11 November 2011|
The following players have also been called up to the Chad squad in the past and were not named in the above squad list for various reasons, but are still eligible for selection.
|Name||Date of Birth (Age)||Club||Debut||Most Recent Callup|
|Mbaya II Brice||19 April 1986||Doha||v. Equatorial Guinea, 8 February 2011||v. Nigeria, 13 June 2015|
|Natar Aldongar||16 October 1992||Foullah Edifice||N/A||v. Nigeria, 13 June 2015|
|Cesar Abaya||12 October 1984||Gazelle||v. Benin, 22 February 2007||v. Congo, 14 December 2014|
|Mondésir Alladjim||10 February 1986||Foullah Edifice||v. Benin, 22 February 2007||v. Congo, 14 December 2014|
|Jules Hamidou||22 August 1987||Delémont||v. Mali, 11 October 2008||v. Malawi, 17 May 2014|
|Maigue Abbas||26 July 1984||Gazelle||v. Tunisia, 11 August 2010||v. Yemen, 15 April 2014|
|Sylvain Ndoubam||14 March 1987||Elect-Sport||v. Botswana, 26 March 2011||v. Central African Republic, 13 December 2013|
|Armand Djérabé||11 September 1980||CotonTchad||v. Sudan, 26 July 2002||v. Central African Republic, 13 December 2013|
|Yaya Kerim||10 August 1991||Renaissance||v. Niger, 19 June 2010||v. Guinea, 6 June 2015|
|Ferdinand Gassina||13 November 1992||Mangasport||v. Togo, 17 November 2010||v. Congo, 14 December 2014|
|Hassan Hissein||20 May 1992||Foullah Edifice||v. Togo, 17 November 2010||v. Congo, 14 December 2014|
|Esaie Djikoloum||3 October 1991||CotonTchad||v. South Africa, 2 June 2007||v. Congo, 14 December 2014|
|Hassane Brahim||13 November 1989||Elect-Sport||v. Yemen, 15 April 2014||v. Congo, 14 December 2014|
|Hassane Minandi||23 December 1994||Foullah Edifice||v. Congo, 11 December 2013||v. Yemen, 15 April 2014|
Head-to-head records against other countries
As of June 01, 2014
|Opponent||Games||Wins||Draws||Losses||Goals For||Goals Against||Goal Differential|
|Central African Republic||7||3||1||3||9||11||−2|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||1||1||0||0||5||0||+5|
List of coaches
- Vasily Sokolov (1968–1970)
- Viktor Sokolov (1967–1968, 1970–1971)
- Anzor Kavazashvili (1976–1977)
- Moussaro Gongolo (1998)
- Yann Djim Ngarlendana (1998)
- Douba Djibrine (1999)
- Marcel Mao (2000)
- Jean Paul Akono (2002–2003)
- Yann Djim Ngarlendana (2003)
- Yann Djim Ngarlendana (2005, 2006 )
- Oumar Mahamat a.k.a. Modou Kouta (2006)
- Natoltiga Okalah (2006 – 2007 )
- Mahamat Adoum (2007) 
- Natoltiga Okalah (2008)
- Sherif El-Khashab (2009–2011)
- Moudou Kouta (September 2011 – December 2013) 
- Emmanuel Trégoat (March 2014 – October 2015)
- Rigobert Song (October 2015 – November 2015)
- Moudou Kouta (November 2015–present)
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- Léger Djimrangar at National-Football-Teams.com
- FIFA Player Statistics: Karl BARTHELEMY – FIFA.com
- "2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- "Football – Match CAF Nations Cup Qualifying : Chad vs. Tunisia". Footballdatabase.eu. Retrieved 2012-04-20.
- International Matches 1999 – Africa
- Coupe de la CEMAC 2005
- Do your homework Bafana | News24
- Coupe Cemac 2007 : Les Saos domptent les Lions A’ 2 à 1 – Camfoot.com
- Zambia : Chad leave Zambia in a dust storm
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