Football in Chad
Football is the number one sport in Chad and the game is enjoyed at all levels of society. As well as the football organised by FTF, a FIFA member association, the game is also played in streets and schools, on housing estates and even in companies. In terms of international football, Chad are regular participants in the qualifying round for the African Cup of Nations, unfortunately without ever having qualified for the final tournament of the African showpiece or the FIFA World Cup?. This weakness is also reflected at club level, as Chadian clubs rarely progress to the later stages of African club competitions. This can certainly be attributed to the dearth of experienced trainers, a luxury that the association simply cannot afford. Even a one-year contract with the Cameroon coach Jean-Paul Akono, Olympic champion coach in Sydney 2000, could not improve matters.
The first Goal Project
At its meeting on 1 May 2003, the Goal Bureau approved a project for a new national youth training centre in N'Djamena. This multi-purpose facility will provide top-class preparation facilities for Chad's national youth teams and the modern centre will boast classrooms for courses, as well as accommodation facilities. It is sure to boost the long-term future of football in Chad. The project will be fully covered by Goal and funds from FIFA's Financial Assistance Programme.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
National training centre for youth players in N'Djamena
Project approved
1 May 2003
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 20,000 Total cost USD 420,000