90% of young people in Djibouti play football. There is therefore no doubt that the sport is easily the country's most popular.
Djibouti did not play a match until the qualification campaign for the 1998 African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso. They were drawn in a two-legged qualifier against Kenya, and lost the first leg 3-0 away on 31 July 1998. The second leg at home was lost 9-1 on 15 August and Kenya went through 12-1 on aggregate.
Djibouti entered its first ever World Cup qualification in an attempt to reach the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan. In Pool D of the first round of African qualification, it was drawn against the DR Congo in a two-legged qualifying preliminary. Djibouti hosted the first leg at Stade du Ville in Djibouti on 7 April 2000, drawing the match 1-1 before a crowd of 2,700 fans. The squad lost the second leg 9-1 away at the Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa and the DR Congo advanced 10-1 on aggregate.
A national championship, coordinated centrally by the national association, is in place at all levels.
(FIFA.com & Wikipedia.com)
- Season 2011/2012
Riverains de la Mer Rouge (Shoremen of the Red Sea)
FIFA World Cup Appearances
Africa Cup of Nations Appearances
Current : 202 (as of December 2012)
Highest : 169 (December 1994)
Lowest : 202 (November/December 2012)
Average : 191