By Amakye Ansah
#5. Comoros 🇰🇲
Nickname: The Coelacanths
Last Appearance: –
Coach: Amir Abdou
Best AFCON results: –
Skipper: Nadjim Abdou
Player to watch: Faiz Selemani
CAF Rankings: 38
FIFA Rankings: 132
One of the two debutants, Comoros shook the continent when they finished runner-up in Group G. They finished 2 points ahead of Kenya and 5 clear of Togo. They lost only one game in the qualifiers (4-0) against Egypt. Comoros reaching AFCON finals is pure football Heaven. A country with a population of less than one million must be proud regardless of whatever happens in Cameroon.
The 26 players selected by Amir Abdou, only one was born in the country (Abdallah Ali Mohamed). 22 of the 26 players were born in France and 3 more were born in Mayotte: an archipelago in the Indian ocean between Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique.
Amir Abdou has most of his players plying their trade in France lower divisions available.
They are very tinny in football and will relish the chance to cause an upset. Their biggest ever win came in this year when they thrashed their fellow minnows Seychelles 7-1 in an international friendly on September 1. They have made a wonderful progress in football since 2019.
They have the tough task of qualifying from a group consisting of Ghana, Morocco and Gabon.
The core of the team
The former Toulouse goalkeeper Ali Ahamada is their undisputed number 1. He has been with The Coelacanths since 2016. He is unattached now.
37-year-old Skipper Nadjim Abdou will provide experience from the back. The former Millwall defender is the second most capped footballer for Comoros.
Guingamp midfielder Youssouf M’Changama will serve as a major playmaker for Amir Abdou’s side. He is the most capped player (40) for Comoros.
Kortrijk forward Faiz Selemani will be a threat to opposition defenders.
Ali Ahamada (GK)
Younn Zahary, Benjaloud Youssef, Nadjim Abdou, Kassim M’Dahoma. (DF)
Rafidine Abdullah, Fouad Bachirou,
Youssouf M’Changama ( MF)
Faiz Selemani, Mohamed M’Changama, El Fardou Ben Mohammed
Expectations: Group stages exit