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Chad national football team

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. [6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13]

Chad
Nickname(s)Les Sao
AssociationChadian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Head coachEmmanuel Trégoat
CaptainEzechiel N'Douassel[1][2]
Most capsEzechiel N'Douassel (37)
Top scorerEzechiel N'Douassel[3] (9)
Home stadiumStade Idriss Mahamat Ouya
FIFA codeCHA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 176 Increase 1 (24 October 2019)[4]
Highest97 (April 2016)
Lowest190 (June–September 1997)
Elo ranking
Current 149 Steady (18 October 2019)[5]
Highest111 (December 1977)
Lowest159 (November 2011)
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)

HistoryEdit

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.[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 CEMAC Cup (Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa) title in 2014. Chad won their first title after beating Congo 3-2 in the final on December 14, 2014 in Bata, Equatorial Guinea. The team was managed by French coach Emmanuel Trégoat.[16] The previous best record was a second place in 2005 edition, when the team 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.

Competition recordsEdit

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   1998 Did not enter Did not enter
    2002 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 0 1
  2006 2 1 0 1 3 3
  2010 6 2 0 4 7 11
  2014 2 1 0 1 2 2
  2018 4 2 0 2 3 6
  2022 2 0 1 1 1 3
      2026 To be determined To be determined
Total 18 6 2 10 16 26

Africa Cup of Nations recordEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  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
  2023
  2025
Total 0/31

AchievementsEdit

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

Recent Chad resultsEdit

Head-to-head records against other countriesEdit

As of June 01, 2014

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) matches against Sudan on 5 & 10 September 2019.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Adoum Deffallah (1994-10-31) 31 October 1994 (age 25) 2 0   Elect-Sport
16 1GK Emmanuel Mifsud (1998-02-12) 12 February 1998 (age 21) 0 0   Istres

4 2DF Bechir Seid (1997-01-10) 10 January 1997 (age 22) 1 1   Elect-Sport
13 2DF Ninga Ndonane (1996-10-24) 24 October 1996 (age 23) 3 0   CotonTchad
14 2DF Constant Madtoingué (1987-09-23) 23 September 1987 (age 32) 11 0   CotonTchad
18 2DF Beadoum Mondé (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 27) 8 0   Coton Sport
3 2DF César Abaya (1984-10-12) 12 October 1984 (age 35) 12 0   SONIDEP
21 2DF Massama Asselmo (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 29) 13 0 Free agent

6 3MF Nadjim Haroun (1988-06-10) 10 June 1988 (age 31) 7 1   Bierbeek HO
15 3MF Sanaa Altama (1990-07-23) 23 July 1990 (age 29) 2 0 Free agent
8 3MF Azrack Mahamat (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 31) 16 0   Muhlenbach

11 4FW Ezechiel N'Douassel (Captain) (1988-04-22) 22 April 1988 (age 31) 33 7   Persib Bandung
10 4FW Casimir Ninga (1993-05-17) 17 May 1993 (age 26) 18 5   Angers
9 4FW Karl Max Barthélémy (1986-10-27) 27 October 1986 (age 33) 22 2   Semen Padang
23 4FW Esaïe Djikoloum (1991-10-03) 3 October 1991 (age 28) 11 0   CotonTchad
7 4FW Marius Mouandilmadji (1998-01-22) 22 January 1998 (age 21) 2 0   Porto
17 4FW Haroun Tchaouna (2000-01-01) 1 January 2000 (age 19) 1 0   Caravaggio

StatisticsEdit

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


Most capped playersEdit

  Highlighted names denote a player still playing or available for selection.
# Name Career Caps Goals
1 Ezechiel N'Douassel 2005-present 37 9
2 Armand Djerabé 2002–2011 31 0
3 Marius Mbaiam 2003–present 27 3
4 Léger Djimrangar 2007–present 26 7
5 Hilaire Kédigui 2006–2015 23 4
Karl Max Barthélémy 2007–present 23 2

Last updated: 14 November 2019
Source: National Football Teams


ManagersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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