A FIFA member association since 1994, Djibouti first ventured down the FIFA World Cup™ qualifying path with their eye on a place at Korea/Japan 2002. Their hopes were nonetheless extinguished in the first round after they followed up a promising 1-1 home draw against Congo DR with a punishing 9-1 loss in the return. They did not take part in the 2006 edition but managed their first qualifying victory on the road to South Africa 2010, seeing off Somalia 1-0 before suffering a run of six defeats in six games. Djibouti then succumbed 4-0 both home and away to Namibia as their bid to reach Brazil 2014 ended in the opening round.
Made up entirely of non-professional players, Djibouti's line-up is built around Mohamed Liban Issa. A cornerstone of the team, the playmaker can draw on his experiences in the South African championship as he tries to inspire a side stuck in the lower reaches of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking.
In charge since 2011, Tunisian coach Djibouti Noureddine Gharsalli is still waiting to oversee his first competitive victory at the Djibouti helm. His positive attitude and commitment to attacking football are surely destined to bear fruit sooner or later, however.
2 – Djibouti last managed to score two goals in a competitive game back on 2 December 2011, when they found the net twice in a 5-2 loss to Rwanda.
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