The standard of football in São Tomé e Príncipe, an independent nation since 1975, is not yet particularly high. Two players enjoy hero status in the islands: Armandinho was the top scorer in the national championship for three seasons running - in 1981 (21 goals), 1982 (32) and 1983 (37) - and Taty scored 36 goals in 1978. These two players helped their club Vitoria Do Riboque dominate football in São Tomé for six years. During that period, they won four league titles, three cups and three super cups. Today, Jarson Semedo is the only player who plays his football abroad (with Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal).
The first Goal Project
On 29 October 2001, the Goal Bureau approved a project to construct a technical centre and renovate an existing pitch. The project has been financed by Goal, the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme, and the Government, who also donated the land on which the facilities are being built. Despite a few teething problems (the plot was originally marshland and required expensive and laborious processing before it was fit for use), the new facilities, comprising accommodation, dressing rooms, a small restaurant and offices for technical administration, have been available for use since early autumn this year. The centre will primarily be used to promote youth and women's football and as a venue for courses for specialists in various areas of the game. The centre will also be used to help national teams prepare for international duty and as a general focal point for football in São Tomé e Príncipe. «The Goal project is a crucial cornerstone for the development of football - the most popular sport in our nation. Our Government has also played a key role in its completion. Thanks to its financial support, we will be now able to offer new opportunities to the young people of our islands,» commented national association president Manuel Dende at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new building.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Technical centre and renovation of pitches in São Tomé
Project approved
29 October 2001
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 FAP USD 189,413 Government USD 56,881 and land Total cost USD 646,294