Chad's bid to reach Brazil 2014 was the side's fourth FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign, their maiden attempt having been ended by first round rivals Liberia on the road to Korea/Japan 2002. They then fell at the same stage four years later, despite an encouraging 3-1 home win against Angola. Chad qualified directly for the second round in the lead-up to South Africa 2010 and recorded victories against Sudan and Congo, but that was not enough to avoid last place in the section – and their 2014 campaign brought further disappointment. Drawn against Tanzania in the first round, Les Sao prevailed 1-0 away but exited on away goals due to a 2-1 reverse on home soil in the first leg.
Forward duo Ezechiel N'Douassel and Karl Max Barthelemy are the focal point of a side not renowned for its defensive strength. Physically imposing at 6'4 and having played in Russia and Turkey, N'Douassel owes his reputation above all to his exploits in the Tunisian and Algerian championships. Barthelemy, meanwhile, has emerged as a key figure thanks to his experience at leading clubs in Cameroon and Gabon.
At the controls since 2014, Frenchman Emmanuel Tregoat has an impressively varied CV. In addition to working with youngsters and even in futsal, he spent many years coaching in France, where he took the helm of several sides in the suburbs of Paris.
1 – Chad clinched their first ever trophy towards the end of 2014 by beating Congo 3-2 in the final of the CEMAC Cup, a competition contested by the six nations of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa: Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Congo and Chad.
The former stars
Japhet N'Doram, Nabatingue Toko, Francis Oumar