Category Archives: Djibouti

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

AFCON 2017 Qualifier: Togo 5-0 Djibouti

4th September 2016
AFCON Qualifier
Stade de Kegue, Lome, Togo

Togo 5-0 Djibouti

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Djibouti rounded off their African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a lacklustre 5-0 defeat in Togo, thus ensuring they finished with no points from their six games.

This handsome victory was also enough to push Togo into one of the best runners-up slots that secured them a place at next year’s finals. Tunisia hammered Liberia 4-1 to grab the automatic qualifying place for winning the group.

But such lofty ambitions are far from the thoughts of the Riverains de la Mer Rouge who are the only current Worst in the World nation to have had regular action over the last 12 months. Continue reading

AFCON 2017: Togo v. Djibouti preview

4th September 2016
AFCON Qualifier
Stade de Kegue, Lome, Togo

Togo v. Djibouti

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Djibouti’s final qualifier for the Africa Cup of Nations sees them travel to Lome to face a Togo side that are still very much in with a shout of qualification. That is in stark contrast to Djibouti who sit last in the four team group with no points and just one goal to show for their efforts. Continue reading