Comoros coach Abdou: AFCON 2021 is our main goal

Comoros coach Abdou: AFCON 2021 is our main goal

Who could have imagined Comoros leading a group that has teams like Egypt, Kenya and Togo as fellow members?Yet, it’s the situation right now. The Coelacantes are on top of Group G of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying after matchday two.

Comoros, who are yet to reach the AFCON finals, pulled off a shock on Thursday when they stunned Togo 1-0 in Lomé before holding seven-time African champions Egypt to a goalless draw in Moroni on Monday.

Coach Amir Abdou says their early achievement in the campaign is a result of the team’s progress over the years and the level of confidence that has greatly improved.

“We have been able to overcome that fright of a small and inexperienced team. We now look straight into the eyes of topflights. It’s 11 versus 11, why should one be scared? That has brought some strength and fire to the team,” Abdou told

“We were so unlucky not to have defeated Egypt. We had them at our mercy. However, it was part of the progress my team is making. We want to participate in the upcoming AFCON. It’s our main goal. We want to make history,” he said.

The next matchday is set for August next year, with Kenya hosting Comoros while Egypt will take on Togo. Abdou is confident of his side’s away form, as was exhibited against the Sparrow Hawks.

“How many teams can go and defeat Togo in their home ground in Lomé? But we did it. Togo have been to the FIFA World Cup. That’s enough inspiration.”


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