Central African Republic (CAR) have been celebrating victory in the CEMAC Cup and are now trying to build on that triumph.
CEMAC is the Central African Economic and Monetary Community and the tournament brings together teams from CAR, Chad, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.
"Football was not really football here before", National Technical Director Jean-Jacques Ombi told the BBC.
"Now is the time to look for sponsors and partners, to really get involved in marketing our football and this result should really help us."
The last officially recognised match played by CAR was back in 2007 and national coach Etienne Kopo said Centrafrican football had suffered from the years of isolation.
"The government and the population have to believe in our football now", he said.
"They have to give us the means to bring on young players. This victory should really open things up for us, put CAR on the map".
Despite having a state-of-the-art, Chinese built stadium, Centrafrican football has suffered from years of neglect.
The national league championship is confined to Bangui.
The CAR's best players play outside the country.
Striker Hilaire Momi plays for Cameroonian side Cotonsport Garoua, as does defender Salif Keita.
Momi says bringing the CEMAC Cup home meant fulfilling a promise he had made to the public.
"They know me here because I was the top scorer in the league", Momi pointed out, while making it clear he had not given up on a football career in Europe.
"I was hoping to go for trials with Montpellier last year, but visa problems got in the way".
Home victories against Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Congo-Brazzaville might make little impact on the CAR's dismal place in world football, joint 200th in the world with East Timor in Fifa's December rankings.
But fans in Bangui were adamant that the CEMAC victory was just a starting point.
"The game I just watched here was of the highest quality", said Mat Cons, a Bangui-based student.
"If football here is given the right level of support, given the means to flourish, we can beat anyone in the world.
"There has been no investment in football here - if that changes, this team can go a very long way".