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Central African Republic's defender Salif Keita (R) vies with South Africa's striker Bernard Parker (C)

*Qualification history *
Central African Republic made their first qualifying foray in the preliminaries for Argentina 1978 before withdrawing. After suffering disqualification in the race for places at Spain 1982, Les Fauves (The Wild Animals) failed to enter the next four competitions. They returned in the Korea/Japan 2002 qualifiers only to lose to Zimbabwe in the preliminary round. Withdrawing once again from the Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010 campaigns, Central African Republic had a tilt at qualification for Brazil 2014, but went out in the second round.

*The team
Central African Republic’s only tournament win to date came in the 2009 CEMAC Cup, a competition contested by teams from central and western Africa. The qualifiers for the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations did yield notable wins over Egypt and Burkina Faso, however. Led by the experienced Foxi Kethevoama, that promising generation has since been bolstered by a number of players who have learned their trade in France, among them goalkeeper Geoffrey Lembet, midfielder Eloge Enza-Yamissi and the forward Kelly Younga.

*The coach 
Following tenures by French coach Jules Accorsi and the local-born Herve Lougoundji and a one-year stint for Swiss tactician Raoul Savoy, Les Fauves are once again under the stewardship of Etienne Momokoamas. The national team coach between 2004 and 2006, Momokoamas took charge of Olympic Real de Bangui in 2011 before returning to the Central African Republic set-up as an assistant coach two years later

The stat
0 -* the number of times Central African Republic have qualified for the FIFA World Cup™ or the CAF Africa Cup of Nations.**

Former stars
**Bertrand Ningamba, Ibrahim Bohari.