Chad national football team
|Association||Chadian Football Federation|
|Head coach||Moudou Kouta|
|Most caps||Ezechiel N'Douassel (31)|
|Top scorer||Léger Djimrangar (7)|
|Home stadium||Stade Nacional|
|Current||175 1 (25 July 2019)|
|Highest||97 (April 2016)|
|Lowest||190 (June–September 1997)|
|Current||146 (30 July 2019)|
|Highest||115 (26 April 1991)|
|Lowest||153 (8 November 1999)|
| Chad 2–2 Niger |
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; December 25, 1961)
| Chad 5–0 São Tomé and Príncipe |
(Gabon; June 29, 1976)
France Amateur 14–0 Chad
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; 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 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. 
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 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.
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 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 qualifiers for the 2016 African Nations Championship. Although they were knocked out 2−1 on aggregate, it was another step forward.
World Cup record
|FIFA World Cup record||FIFA World Cup Qualification record|
|1930 to 1998||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|2002||Did not qualify||2||0||1||1||0||1|
|2022||To be determined||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined||To be determined|
Africa Cup of Nations record
|Africa Cup of Nations record|
|1957 to 1959||Part of France|
|1962 to 1963||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1965 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 from competition|
|2021||To be determined|
Recent Chad Results
|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)
|28 July 2019 2020 ANC Q.||Chad||3–3||Equatorial Guinea||N'Djamena, Chad|
|15:30 UTC+1||Makine 17'
|Stadium: Stade Omnisports Idriss Mahamat Ouya|
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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