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).