Chad participated in qualifying for only their second FIFA World Cup™, when they entered the preliminary rounds for Germany 2006. At their first attempt, four years previously, they lost at home in the first round to Liberia and although they managed to hold the Lone Stars to a goalless draw in Monrovia in the return leg, they went out on the aggregate.
This time around, Chad were drawn against Angola in the African preliminary qualifying rounds and nobody really gave the Sao a realistic chance of progressing to the next round. That was before the first leg match played in N'Djamena though, as the home side won 3-1 to take a two-goal cushion to Luanda. Striker Francis Oumar was the hero for the home side as he netted a hat trick.
In Luanda though, the Angolans proved too strong for the central African side. The 2-0 victory for the Palancas Negras saw the home team scrape through on the away-goal rule, leaving Chad to dream of what might have been and hoping for better in the run-up to South Africa 2010.