Category Archives: African Cup of Nations

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

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

AFCON Qualifier: Liberia 5-0 Djibouti

29th March 2016
Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier
Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Monrovia, Liberia

Liberia 5-0 Djibouti

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A second half hat-trick from Liberian forward William Jebor added to the two goal lead they already held at half-time heaped more misery on our Shoremen of the Red Sea and officially eliminated them from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Liberia made their superiority tell from the off, forcing pressure on Djibouti that was never likely to founder on Djibouti’s defences in the way it had in the reverse match last week. Continue reading

AFCON Qualifier: Djibouti 0-1 Liberia

26th March 2016
Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier
Stade du Ville, Djibouti City, Djibouti

Djibouti 0-1 Liberia

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The third group match for Djibouti in African Cup of Nations qualification offered slim hopes of a positive, or indeed neutral, result for Djibouti, but it probably offered the best hope of all their group fixtures.

With that in mind, that the Shoremen of the Red Sea lost by a single second half goal is both a sign of hope and a frustrating missed opportunity. Hope, because it has provided a demonstration that Djibouti are not so far out of their depth as to be unable to compete, and with that it offers a degree of positivity moving forward. Continue reading