Chad national football team

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Chad
Nickname(s)Les Sao
AssociationChadian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Head coachDjimtan Yatamadji
CaptainEzechiel N'Douassel[1][2]
Most capsEzechiel N'Douassel (39)
Top scorerEzechiel N'Douassel (9)
Home stadiumStade Idriss Mahamat Ouya
FIFA codeCHA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 179 Decrease 1 (7 April 2021)[3]
Highest97 (April 2016)
Lowest190 (June–September 1997)
First international
 Chad 2–2 Niger 
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; December 25, 1961)
Biggest win
 Chad 5–0 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Gabon; June 29, 1976)
Biggest defeat
Unofficial
 France Amateur 14–0 Chad 
(Abidjan, Ivory Coast; December 27, 1961)
Official
 Congo 11–0 Chad 
(Congo; March 28, 1964)

The Chad national football team, nicknamed Sao, represents Chad in international football and is controlled by the Chadian Football Federation, the governing body for football in the country. 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.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12] In April 2021, FIFA banned the Chad national football team from participating in global football over the Chadian government's interference with the Chadian Football Federation.[13]

History[edit]

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

Chad's national football team did not play a big role in world football until the 1990s. They did not 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.[14] 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).

The Chad national football team never qualified for either the Africa Cup of Nations or the World Cup. Their first participation in the World Cup qualifiers was 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 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 lost 2–0 in Blantyre to be eliminated with an aggregate score of 4–3.[15]

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

The biggest achievement for Chad so far is a CEMAC Cup (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa) title in 2014, after beating Congo 3–2 in the final on December 14 in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. The team was managed by French coach Emmanuel Trégoat.[16] Their previous best was a second place in the 2005 edition, when they lost to Cameroon in the final.[17]

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[18] at home and even though they were beaten 2–1[19] in the return leg, they advanced to the second round of the qualifiers on away goals. Chad sensationally defeated Egypt 1–0 at home in the second round before falling to a 4–0 defeat in Alexandria three days later.

In March 2016, the Chadian Football Federation announced they were withdrawing from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification due to financial problems. The team was subsequently banned from entering the following edition, meaning they would play no official games for over three years until September 2019, when Chad lost 1–3 at home to Sudan in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. A month later Les Sao defeated Liberia on penalties to reach the Group Stage of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification.

In March 2021, the Chadian government dissolved the Chadian Football Federation, leaving Chad facing a likely ban under FIFA regulations that prevent governments from interfering in the running of a country’s football team.[20] In April 2021, FIFA announced an indefinite ban from global football, citing the Chadian government's interference.[13] Due to this decision, CAF disqualified Chad from its participation in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.[21]

Kits[edit]

Kit provider Period
Chad Salamant 1974-1979
England Mitre 1980–1992
Italy Fila 1993–2000
Germany Adidas 2001–2020
China Anta 2021–present

During the independent of Chad, the team competed in international matches and played in an Blue shirt, Blue Shorts, Red Socks like the national colour of the France. Until in the 1970's Chad home color change by using the national color which Blue-Yellow-Red. Their first away kit in 1960 was White shirt, Red Shorts, White socks. In 1980, the away kit color change into Red Shirt, Blue Shorts, Yellow Socks.

Recent results[edit]

2020[edit]

23 September 2020 Friendly Chad  2-3  Sudan N'Djamena, Chad
16:30 UTC+1
Stadium: Stade Omnisports Idriss Mahamat Ouya
10 October 2020 Friendly Niger  2-0  Chad Niamey, Niger
Stadium: Stade Seyni Kountché

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up for the 2022 African Cup of Nations qualifying matches against Guinea on 11 and 15 November 2020.
Caps and goals current as of 15 November 2020 after the match against Guinea.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Gabin Allambatnan (2000-02-19) 19 February 2000 (age 21) 3 0 Chad Foullah Edifice
13 1GK Mathieu Adoassou (1993-11-11) 11 November 1993 (age 27) 7 0 Chad Renaissance
22 1GK Serge Diguel (1994-10-31) 31 October 1994 (age 26) 0 0 Zambia Indeni

3 2DF Morgan Betorangal (1988-08-25) 25 August 1988 (age 32) 13 0 France Houilles
5 2DF Bechir Seid Djimet (1994-01-10) 10 January 1994 (age 27) 8 1 Chad Elect-Sport
8 2DF Ahmat Abderamane (1993-01-01) 1 January 1993 (age 28) 5 1 Chad Renaissance
14 2DF Constant Madtoingué (1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 (age 33) 17 0 Chad CotonTchad
19 2DF Aubin Mbaïgolmem (1994-10-22) 22 October 1994 (age 26) 1 0 Chad Foullah Edifice
23 2DF Abdelaziz Issa Seini (1995-01-02) 2 January 1995 (age 26) 4 0 Chad Renaissance
2DF Collyns Ambassa (1995-10-09) 9 October 1995 (age 25) 7 0 France Cormontreuil

6 3MF Éric Mbangossoum (2000-05-26) 26 May 2000 (age 20) 8 0 Morocco Tourougui
13 3MF Joël Djingar 0 0 Chad Foullah Edifice
15 3MF Aboubakar Abderahim (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 23) 2 0 Chad Tourbillon
17 3MF Mahamat Labbo (1988-07-21) 21 July 1988 (age 32) 14 4 France Cholet
3MF Brahim Ngaroudal (1994-12-23) 23 December 1994 (age 26) 6 0 Chad Elect-Sport
20 3MF Bakhit Djibrine (1995-04-17) 17 April 1995 (age 25) 9 0 Chad Foullah Edifice
3MF Roméo Otodjibaye (1995-08-16) 16 August 1995 (age 25) 4 0 Zambia Indeni

2 4FW Yaya Kerim (1991-08-10) 10 August 1991 (age 29) 9 0 Chad Foullah Edifice
7 4FW Marius Mouandilmadji (1997-01-22) 22 January 1997 (age 24) 7 0 Portugal Porto
9 4FW Brahim Mahamat (1995-11-13) 13 November 1995 (age 25) 3 0 France Tours
10 4FW Casimir Ninga (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 27) 18 1 Turkey Sivasspor
11 4FW Ezechiel N'Douassel (Captain) (1988-04-22) 22 April 1988 (age 32) 39 9 Indonesia Bhayangkara

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for Chad in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Emmanuel Mifsud (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 23) 0 0 France Istres v.  Niger, 10 October 2020
GK Mbairamadji Dillah (1985-09-18) 18 September 1985 (age 35) 7 0 Chad Gazelle v.  Sudan, 25 September 2020

DF Nadjim Haroun (1988-06-10) 10 June 1988 (age 32) 8 1 Belgium Bierbeek v.  Niger, 10 October 2020
DF Ninga Ndonane (1988-04-25) 25 April 1988 (age 32) 8 0 Chad CotonTchad v.  Sudan, 25 September 2020

MF Azrack Mahamat (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 33) 21 0 France Saint-Maur v.  Niger, 10 October 2020
MF Esaïe Djikoloum (1991-10-03) 3 October 1991 (age 29) 13 0 Chad CotonTchad v.  Niger, 10 October 2020
MF Léger Djimrangar (1987-10-02) 2 October 1987 (age 33) 27 7 Chad CotonTchad v.  Niger, 10 October 2020
MF Blaise Tohou (1997-02-17) 17 February 1997 (age 24) 1 0 United States Connecticut Huskies v.  Niger, 10 October 2020

FW Karl Max Barthélémy (1986-10-27) 27 October 1986 (age 34) 24 2 Indonesia Semen Padang v.  Niger, 10 October 2020

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

Statistics[edit]

Ezechiel N'Douassel is the captain and the national team's most capped player and top scorer in history


Most capped players[edit]

  Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Ezechiel N'Douassel 2005-present 39 9
2 Armand Djerabé 2002–2011 31 0
3 Léger Djimrangar 2007–present 27 7
Marius Mbaiam 2003–2015 27 3
5 Karl Max Barthélémy 2007–present 24 2
6 Hilaire Kédigui 2006–2015 23 4
7 Ahmat Brahim 1999–2008 22 2
8 Ahmed Medego 2000–2010 21 2
Azrack Mahamat 2008–present 21 0
10 Habib Mahamat Saleh 2003–2011 18 2
Casimir Ninga 2011–present 18 1

Last updated: 15 November 2020
Source: National Football Teams

Managers[edit]

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Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[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 2 0 1 1 1 3
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/22 18 6 2 10 16 26

Africa Cup of Nations[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 Disqualified in qualifying round
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
Guinea 2025
Total 0/33

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

As of 1 June 2014

Achievements[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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