Football in the Central African Republic
Development in the Central African Republic has been impeded all too frequently by unrest both inside and outside the nation's borders. Football has of course been one of many spheres affected by these events - therefore it comes as little surprise that projects have taken some time to implement. Football is the number one sport in the Central African Republic. The national association has made conscious efforts to participate in all of the top international and regional championships. A 2-0 win over Côte d'Ivoire in the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations 1972 still ranks as the nation's biggest ever success, even though the return leg ended in a 4-1 defeat. However, the women's U-19 team did reach the third round of the eliminators for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2003. In an effort to doing something about this, many retired domestic stars, including Blasco Kayamba, Nguerio Morandii, Ousman Sabbe and Adrien Mamoko, have offered to use their experience to help the national association with its football development work.
The first Goal project
At its meeting on 13 February 2001 the Goal Bureau approved some refurbishment work at the Stade Barthélemy Boganda in Bangui. Owing to political unrest construction work proceeded very slowly and the re-opening of the stadium had to be delayed. Ahead of a regional competition in Bangui the Goal Bureau granted additional funds on 2 November 2002 for the improvement of the infrastructure at the national stadium and the federation headquarters. Funding was also made available from FIFA's Financial Assistance Programme.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Project (Sub-projects 1 and 2)
Refurbishment of the national stadium plus additional work. Refurbishment of the federation headquarters
Project approved on
13 February 2001 and 2 November 2002
Opened on 11 April 2005
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 (SP1), 191,000 (SP2) FAP USD 118,000 (SP1), 3,000 (SP2) Total costs USD 518,000 (SP1), 194,000 (SP2)