The tiny Red Sea state made history with a first-ever competitive win in a full international match when they beat Somalia to book their place in the group phase of the FIFA World Cup South Africa ™ qualifiers.
Hussein Yassin's 84 th minute goal in their preliminary round match against Somalia in November 2007 marked a major breakthrough for one of FIFA's smallest member associations.
Before to the win, Djibouti had not been successful in any of
their 'A' international matches.
The momentous victory was also in stark contrast to their only previous FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign for the 2002 finals in Korea/Japan. After picking up a creditable 1-1 draw with the Democratic Republic of Congo at the El Hadj Hassan Gouled stadium, they suffered a heavy 9-1 defeat in the return leg in Kinshasa.
Djibouti have been FIFA members since 1994 but have competed sparingly in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals and the annual East and Central African Senior Challenge Cup.