Central African Republic have not participated in the last two FIFA World Cup™ qualifying competitions. Their last bid for qualification was back in 2002, when their hopes of reaching Korea/Japan were ultimately dashed by two defeats at the hands of Zimbabwe.
The current crop
Not so long ago, Central African Republic were languishing in the lower reaches of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Now, they can genuinely be considered as one of the rising stars of African football. A string of fine performances in 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying (featuring wins against Egypt and Burkina Faso) has only strengthened their growing reputation.
The key players
The Wild Beasts’ main attacking threat comes from towering striker Foki Kethevoama. Central African Republic also boast a talented goalkeeper in the shape of Geoffrey Lembet. The youngster has the ability to turn in displays of the highest order, and provides a reassuring presence at the back.
Coach: Jules Accorsi
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Bertrand Ningamba, Ibrahim Bohari