Chad national football team

Nickname(s) Les Sao
Association Fédération Tchadienne de Football
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNIFFAC
(Central Africa)
Head coach Moudou Kouta
Captain Ezechiel N'Douassel[1]
Home stadium Stade Nacional
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 152 Decrease 49 (24 November 2016)
Highest 97 (April 2016)
Lowest 190 (June–September 1997)
Elo ranking
Current 145
Highest 120 (28 April 1990)
Lowest 150 (8 November 1999)
First international
 Chad 2–2 Niger 
(Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; December 25, 1961)
Biggest win
 Chad 5–0 São Tomé and Príncipe 
(Gabon; June 29, 1976)
Biggest defeat
 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 managed by Emmanuel Trégoat. 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.


The Chad football federation (FTFA) 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.[2] 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).

They eventually found some success, defeating Sao Tome e Principe 5–0 in 1976. Notable players from that era include Nabatingue Toko, who played with French clubs from the mid-1970s to mid-1980s.

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.[3] 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.[4]

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.

Sao will face an uphill task on their way to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Group G, as they’ve been handed strong opposition in Nigeria, Egypt and Tanzania. Qualifiers will be played on a home and away basis, the group winners and two best second placed teams join hosts Gabon for finals.

Chad's most popular players today are Ezechiel N'Douassel, Rodrigue Ninga, Marius Mbaiam, Leger Djime, Mahamat Labbo, and Karl Max Barthelemy.

Competition records

World Cup record

African Nations Cup record


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

Recent Chad Results


Current squad

The following is the list of players for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Egypt, on 6 September 2015.[5]

# Name Date of Birth (Age) Club Debut
1 Mbairamadji Dillah 18 September 1985 Chad Foullah Edifice v.  Malawi, 17 May 2014
16 Gerrard Diarra 11 October 1994 Chad CotonTchad N/A
22 Kodion Ange 14 September 1996 France Metz B[6] N/A
3 Morgan Betorangal 25 August 1988 Algeria MO Béjaïa v.  Egypt, 31 March 2012
5 Kévin Nicaise 17 April 1985 Belgium Dender v.  Malawi, 29 February 2012
12 Beadoum Monde 1 January 1988 Chad Gazelle v.  Nigeria, 13 June 2015
13 Rodrigue N'Doram 25 November 1987 France USJA Carquefou N/A
14 Constant Madtoingué 23 September 1994 Chad CotonTchad v.  Equatorial Guinea, 8 February 2011
23 Massama Asselmo 1 June 1990 Gabon Bitam v.  Niger, 19 June 2010
2 Léger Djimrangar 2 October 1987 Chad Foullah Edifice[7] v.  Congo, 9 September 2007
4 Herman Doumnan 25 September 1982 Chad Gazelle v.  Togo, 17 November 2010
6 Nadjim Haroun 10 June 1988 Belgium Tienen v.  Malawi, 16 June 2012
7 Hilaire Kédigui 19 September 1982 Chad Foullah Edifice[8] v.  Congo, 8 October 2006
8 Azrack Mahamat 24 March 1988 India Kerala Blasters FC v.  Sudan, 6 September 2008
10 Marius Mbaiam 1 July 1987 France Belfort[9] v.  Angola, 12 October 2003
15 Sanaa Altama 23 July 1990 Romania FC Petrolul Ploiești v.  Egypt, 06 September 2015
20 Sylvain Idangar 8 March 1984 France AS Lyon-Duchère v.  Malawi, 17 May 2014
21 Blaise Tokou ? France Lyon B N/A
9 Karl Max Barthelemy 27 October 1986 [10] Morocco Difaâ El Jadidi[11] v.  Benin, 22 February 2007
11 Ezechiel N'Douassel (captain) 22 April 1988 Tunisia Sfaxien[12] v.  Equatorial Guinea, 8 February 2005
17 Mahamat Labbo 21 July 1988 Belgium R.O.C. de Charleroi-Marchienne v.  Botswana, 26 March 2011
18 Rodrigue Ninga 17 May 1993 France Montpellier[13] v.  Tanzania, 11 November 2011

Recent callups

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 Qatar Doha[14] v.  Equatorial Guinea, 8 February 2011 v.  Nigeria, 13 June 2015
Natar Aldongar 16 October 1992 Chad Foullah Edifice N/A v.  Nigeria, 13 June 2015
Cesar Abaya 12 October 1984 Chad Gazelle v.  Benin, 22 February 2007 v.  Congo, 14 December 2014
Mondésir Alladjim 10 February 1986 Chad Foullah Edifice v.  Benin, 22 February 2007 v.  Congo, 14 December 2014
Jules Hamidou 22 August 1987 Switzerland Delémont v.  Mali, 11 October 2008[15] v.  Malawi, 17 May 2014[16]
Maigue Abbas 26 July 1984 Chad Gazelle v.  Tunisia, 11 August 2010[17] v.  Yemen, 15 April 2014
Sylvain Ndoubam 14 March 1987 Chad Elect-Sport[18] v.  Botswana, 26 March 2011 v.  Central African Republic, 13 December 2013
Armand Djérabé 11 September 1980 Chad CotonTchad[19] v.  Sudan, 26 July 2002 v.  Central African Republic, 13 December 2013
Yaya Kerim 10 August 1991 Chad Renaissance[20] v.  Niger, 19 June 2010 v.  Guinea, 6 June 2015
Ferdinand Gassina 13 November 1992 Gabon Mangasport[21] v.  Togo, 17 November 2010[22] v.  Congo, 14 December 2014
Hassan Hissein 20 May 1992 Chad Foullah Edifice v.  Togo, 17 November 2010 v.  Congo, 14 December 2014
Esaie Djikoloum 3 October 1991 Chad CotonTchad[23] v.  South Africa, 2 June 2007 v.  Congo, 14 December 2014
Hassane Brahim 13 November 1989 Chad Elect-Sport v.  Yemen, 15 April 2014 v.  Congo, 14 December 2014
Hassane Minandi 23 December 1994 Chad Foullah Edifice v.  Congo, 11 December 2013 v.  Yemen, 15 April 2014

Head-to-head records against other countries

As of June 01, 2014

List of coaches


  2. "World Football Elo Ratings: Chad". ELO. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  3. "Football : Japhet N'Doram". Retrieved 2012-04-20.
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  7. Léger Djimrangar at
  10. FIFA Player Statistics: Karl BARTHELEMY –
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  27. Coupe de la CEMAC 2005
  28. Do your homework Bafana | News24
  29. Coupe Cemac 2007 : Les Saos domptent les Lions A’ 2 à 1 –
  30. Zambia : Chad leave Zambia in a dust storm
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