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).
Second Goal project
Based on the project proposal that the Goal Bureau approved on 15 March 2006, the national technical centre will be extended to include an artificial turf pitch and other new training facilities that will be used primarily by national youth teams.  The project will be financed by Goal and from the association's own funds, while the required land has been donated by the government.
Use of FAP funds
Financing of Goal project
Project
Artificial turf pitch and training facilities at São Tomé national technical centre
Project approved on
15 March 2006
Status
Implementation
Financed by
Goal USD 400,000 Other sources USD 75,000 Total cost USD 475,000
21.04.2009