Central African Republic national football team

The Central African Republic national football team, nicknamed Les Fauves, is the national team of the Central African Republic and is controlled by the Central African Football Federation. They are a member of CAF. Despite being traditionally one of the weakest teams in Africa and the world, they recently achieved success. They won the 2009 CEMAC Cup by beating Gabon in the semi-finals and Equatorial Guinea in the final 3–0. Their FIFA ranking rose from 202nd in August 2010 to 89th by July 2011. On 10 October 2010, they earned a shock 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier win at home against Algeria 2–0, which put them top of their qualification group. The team won its first FIFA World Cup qualifier on 2 June 2012 after beating Botswana 2–0 at home.[4][5]

Central African Republic
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Fauves
(The Wild Beasts)
AssociationCentral African Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Head coachFrançois Zahoui
CaptainGeoffrey Kondogbia
Most capsFoxi Kéthévoama (42)
Top scorerFoxi Kéthévoama (8)
Home stadiumBarthélémy Boganda Stadium
FIFA codeCTA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 109 Steady (20 February 2020)[1]
Highest49 (October 2012)
Lowest202 (July–September 2009, March–August 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 117 Increase 8 (20 February 2020)[2]
Highest79 (1956)
Lowest164 (2007–2009)
First international
Ubangi-Shari 5–1 French Cameroon
(Ubangi-Shari; unknown date 1956)[3]
Biggest win
Ubangi-Shari 5–1 French Cameroon
(Ubangi-Shari; unknown date 1956)
Biggest defeat
 Ivory Coast 11–0  Central African Republic
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; December 27, 1961)

AchievementsEdit

CEMAC Cup :
  • 1 Time Champion (2009)
  • 1 Time Runners-up (2003)
UNIFAC Cup (1999):
  • Runners-up

Competitive recordEdit

World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1974 Did not enter Did not enter
  1978 Withdrew Withdrew
  1982 Disqualified during qualifying Disqualified during qualifying
  1986 Did not enter Did not enter
  1990
  1994
  1998
    2002 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 1 4
  2006 Withdrew Withdrew
  2010
  2014 Did not qualify 6 1 0 5 5 12
  2018 2 0 1 1 2 5
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 10 2 2 6 11 19

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 to   1959 Part of   France
  1962 to   1968 Not affiliated to CAF
  1970 to   1972 Did not enter
  1974 Disqualified during qualifying
  1976 Withdrew
  1978 to   1986 Did not enter
  1988 Did not qualify
  1990 to   1994 Did not enter
  1996 Withdrew
  1998 Disqualified during qualifying
    2000 Withdrew
  2002 to   2004 Did not qualify
  2006 Withdrew
  2008 Did not enter
  2010 Withdrew
    2012 to   2019 Did not qualify
  2021 To be determined
  2023 To be determined
  2025 To be determined
Total 0/32

All-time record against other nationsEdit

As of 19 November 2019 after match against   Mauritania[6]

  Positive Record   Neutral Record   Negative Record

Opponent
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
  Algeria 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3
  Angola 2 1 0 1 3 4 −1
  Botswana 2 1 0 1 4 3 +1
  Burkina Faso 5 1 1 3 4 9 −5
  Burundi 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Cameroon 9 2 1 6 14 26 −12
  Chad 8 3 1 4 12 11 +1
  Congo 14 1 1 12 12 33 −21
  DR Congo 9 1 1 7 8 30 −22
  Equatorial Guinea 4 0 2 2 6 11 −5
  Egypt 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
  Ethiopia 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3
  Gabon 13 3 4 6 13 20 −7
  Gambia 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1
  Guinea 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2
  Guinea-Bissau 2 0 1 1 1 3 −2
  Ivory Coast 5 1 1 3 5 19 −14
  Kenya 1 1 0 0 3 2 +1
  Liberia 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Libya 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Madagascar 5 2 2 1 9 8 +1
  Mali 2 0 0 2 4 7 −3
  Malta 1 0 0 1 1 2 −1
  Mauritania 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Morocco 3 0 2 1 0 4 −4
  Mozambique 2 0 1 1 1 2 −2
  Niger 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Rwanda 2 1 1 0 4 3 +1
  São Tomé and Príncipe 2 2 0 0 5 1 +4
  Senegal 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3
  South Africa 2 0 0 2 0 5 −5
  Tanzania 2 1 0 1 3 3 0
  Togo 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1
  Tunisia 1 0 0 1 0 3 −3
  Zimbabwe 2 0 0 2 1 4 −3
Total 117 25 24 68 129 239 −110

Recent resultsEdit

  Win   Draw   Loss

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were selected for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying against Burundi and Mauritania on 13 and 19 November 2019 respectively.[7]

Caps and goals as of 19 November 2019, after the match vs. Mauritania.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Geoffrey Lembet (1988-09-23) 23 September 1988 (age 31) 34 0   Sedan
1GK Elvis Samolah (1994-05-13) 13 May 1994 (age 25) 3 0   Tempête Mocaf
1GK Levant Gbawito (1994-03-10) 10 March 1994 (age 25) 0 0   Fatima

2DF Franklin Anzité (1985-11-02) 2 November 1985 (age 34) 37 0   PKNP
2DF Saint-Cyr Ngam Ngam (1993-01-27) 27 January 1993 (age 27) 18 0   Olympic
2DF Manassé Yamissi (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 30) 17 0   Annecy
2DF Cédric Yambéré (1990-11-06) 6 November 1990 (age 29) 8 0   Al-Ettifaq
2DF Thibaut Ban (1996-08-13) 13 August 1996 (age 23) 5 0   Fatima
2DF Dylan Mboumbouni (1996-02-20) 20 February 1996 (age 24) 5 0   Cholet
2DF Régis Bongotouté (1995-02-15) 15 February 1995 (age 25) 1 0   Tempête Mocaf
2DF Lionel Zouma (1993-09-10) 10 September 1993 (age 26) 1 0   Dhofar

3MF Vianney Mabidé (1988-08-31) 31 August 1988 (age 31) 26 6   Al-Kawkab
3MF Junior Gourrier (1992-04-23) 23 April 1992 (age 27) 18 4   DFC8
3MF Amos Youga (1992-12-08) 8 December 1992 (age 27) 15 0   Le Havre
3MF Quentin Ngakoutou (1994-05-10) 10 May 1994 (age 25) 6 0   Bourges
3MF Trésor Toropité (1994-07-31) 31 July 1994 (age 25) 5 1   Tempête Mocaf
3MF Saint-Fort Dimokoyen (1992-08-07) 7 August 1992 (age 27) 4 1   Fatima
3MF Wilfried Zahibo (1993-08-21) 21 August 1993 (age 26) 2 0   New England Revolution

4FW Foxi Kéthévoama (Captain) (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 33) 43 8   Balıkesirspor
4FW Louis Mafouta (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 25) 13 3   Cracovia
4FW Josué Balamandji (1989-08-09) 9 August 1989 (age 30) 11 1   Colombes

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CoachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 February 2020. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  3. ^ Barrie Courtney. "Central African Republic – List of International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-04-03.
  4. ^ "Éliminatoires CAN 2019: La liste des 23 fauves pour affronter la Guinée". Centrafrique Football (in French). Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  5. ^ "CAR national football team 2018". national-football-teams.com. National Football Teams.
  6. ^ "World Football Elo Ratings: Central African Republic". Elo Ratings. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Élim CAN 2021: Les 23 centrafricains pour affronter le Burundi et la Mauritanie" (in French). centrafriquefoot.
  8. ^ "2018 – Central African Republic-Madagascar". FIFA.com. 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2019-09-02.

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