AFCON 2019 Qualifier Preliminary: Djibouti 2-0 South Sudan

22nd March 2017
Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying, Preliminary Round 1st Leg
El Hadj Hassan Gouled Aptidon Stadium, Djibouti City, Djibouti

Djibouti 2-0 South Sudan

It was a decade in the waiting, but Djibouti finally found that winning feeling once more to see off South Sudan in this first leg clash, sealing their rise from the bottom of the world rankings.

Having gone nearly ten years, and 34 matches, since tasting victory when beating Somalia 1-0 in late 2007, this success will be richly savoured by Djibouti, but they shouldn’t get carried away. They have every chance of securing a place in the main group stage by repeating the feat in South Sudan next week. Could they go on an unprecedented two match winning streak? I’m getting carried away… Continue reading

AFCON Preliminaries

With the recent Africa Cup of Nations finals still fresh in the memory, it seems odd to be talking about the next tournament in two years’ time already, but when your interest is in the weakest of teams, qualifying can start early.

The next AFCON tournament has included a preliminary qualifying round to ensure the numbers for the main group stage of qualifying are even. And so six unfortunates have to play home and away clashes to remove three nations from qualifying. Continue reading

Friendly: Burundi 1-0 Djibouti

13th March 2017
Friendly International
Stade du Prince Louis Rwagasore, Bujumbura, Burundi

Burundi 1-0 Djibouti

A mere two days after going down 7-0 to Burundi, the two sides pitted their wits against each other once again in Bujumbura and this time Djibouti put up a much improved performance and came away with a much better result.

Making no fewer than 6 changes to the starting line-up from Saturday’s first match, Djibouti kept things distinctly tighter at the back even though they went behind early to a 16th minute strike from Franck Barirengako. Continue reading

Friendly: Burundi 7-0 Djibouti

11th March 2017
Friendly International
Stade du Prince Louis Rwagasore, Bujumbura, Burundi

Burundi 7-0 Djibouti

In a not wholly untypical revelation, Djibouti sprung this friendly match in Burundi from seemingly nowhere at rather short notice. Not wanting to do things by halves, they play a second friendly in Burundi again on 13th March.
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Steady Progress – of the wrong kind

A lack of action on the field for our group of unfortunates hasn’t meant there is nothing to report from a Worst in the World perspective. On the contrary, that lack of action means that all seven teams currently ranked at the foot of the world rankings. have been steadily clocking up additional months in that position. As a consequence each nation is climbing up the all-time worst in the world rankings.

For the uninitiated, this list doesn’t imply that the current worst teams are any better or worse than their predecessors on the field – they have all spent time as officially the worst national teams in the world after all. What it does do, however, is log how many published world rankings each nation sat at the bottom of. And this current lack of action for certainly six of the seven nations means they are adding to their tally significantly.

Here’s a brief rundown of what this all means for each of our worst in the world nations. Continue reading

World Cup Qualifier: Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar

13th November 2016
World Cup Qualifier
GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus

Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar

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What ultimately ended with a disappointing result for Gibraltar, was actually a fairly encouraging and solid performance.

In scoring only Gibraltar’s second ever World Cup goal, Lee Casciaro had put Gibraltar in the mix for a stunning, if unlikely, draw. Sadly that wasn’t to be, with Cyprus sealing the win in the final quarter of the game. Continue reading

World Cup Qualifier Preview: Cyprus v. Gibraltar

13th November 2016
World Cup Qualifier
GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus

Cyprus v. Gibraltar

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This Sunday evening sees the first ever clash between Cyprus and Gibraltar in European World Cup qualification, with both sides languishing at the bottom of the Group H table after three matches, neither side having picked up a point so far.

However, Gibraltar have achieved something that Cyprus are yet to in this current campaign, namely scoring a goal. Cyprus have lost by three to Belgium, and two to both Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina. That poor start does leave Cyprus above Gibraltar on goal difference however, in spite of Liam Walker’s strike for Gibraltar against Greece. Continue reading