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.