One of the true minnows of world football, Sao Tome e Principe play very few international matches, and Brazil 2014 qualifying was their first go in the preliminaries since 2006. Not surprisingly, they were over-matched by Congo over two legs, but a 1-1 draw in the second leg was a result to be proud of.
The Selecao dos Falcooes e Papagaios (The Falcons and Parrots) do not have a large of players to chose from. That notwithstanding, they have done remarkably well for such a small country and managed to knock out Lesotho of the 2013 CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and then beat Sierra Leone but lost the tie on aggregate.
Local coach Gustave Nyoumba took over the national side in 2011. He was tasked with putting together a team from scratch as football officials in the second smallest country in Africa – both in terms of population and size – decided that no further matches would be played after a disappointing 9-0 aggregate defeat against Libya in a Germany 2006 qualifying match.
1 – The number of goals Sao Tome have scored in four previous FIFA World Cup™ qualifying matches.
The former stars
Armandinho, Taty, Amilcar Ramos, Celso Pontes