Comoros national football team

The Comoros national football team represents the Comoros in international football and is controlled by the Comoros Football Federation.[3] It was formed in 1979, joined the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2003, and became a FIFA member in 2005.

Comoros
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Coelacantes
AssociationComoros Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachAmir Abdou
CaptainNadjim Abdou
Most capsYoussouf M'Changama (38)
Top scorerEl Fardou Ben Nabouhane (10)
Home stadiumStade Said Mohamed Cheikh
FIFA codeCOM
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 130 Increase 2 (27 November 2020)[1]
Highest127 (October 2017)
Lowest207 (December 2006)
Elo ranking
Current 149 Increase 14 (29 November 2020)[2]
Highest172 (August 1979)
Lowest208 (September 2003)
First international
 Mauritius 3–0 Comoros Comoros
(Réunion; August 26, 1979)
Biggest win
Comoros Comoros 3–0 Maldives 
(Mauritius; July 20, 2019)
Biggest defeat
Réunion Réunion 6–1 Comoros Comoros
(Réunion; August 31, 1979)
 Madagascar 5–0 Comoros Comoros
(Seychelles; August 20, 1993)
 Mauritius 5–0 Comoros Comoros
(Mauritius; September 4, 2003)

HistoryEdit

Comoros played their first matches in the 1979 Indian Ocean Island Games. Those were the only games they played until qualification for the 2009 Arab Nations Cup in 2006. Those two matches were their first two matches with full FIFA recognition, and included a 4–2 victory over Djibouti. In 2007, Comoros first entered qualification for the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations for the 2010 tournaments, but lost in the preliminary round 2–10 on aggregate to Madagascar.

During the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in October 2015, Les Coelacantes advanced past the first round for the first time ever by beating Lesotho on away goals after two draws. Since then results have improved steadily, including home wins against Botswana, Mauritius and Malawi in Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

On 14 November 2019, Comoros opened their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign with a 0–1 win away to Togo, their first away win in a major qualifier.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World Cup recordEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 to   1974 Part of   France Part of   France
  1978 to   2006 Not affiliated with FIFA Not affiliated with FIFA
  2010 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 10
  2014 2 0 0 2 1 5
  2018 4 0 3 1 1 3
  2022 2 0 1 1 1 3
      2026 To be determined
Total 0/22 10 0 4 6 5 21

Olympic Games recordEdit

Olympic Games
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1900 to   1972 Part of   France (FRA)
  1976 to   1992 Not affiliated with the IOC
  1996 to   2004 Not affiliated with FIFA
  2008 Did not enter
  2012
  2016
  2020
  2024 To be determined
Total 0/27
  • Football at the Summer Olympics has been an under-23 tournament since the 1992 edition.

ScheduleEdit

Recent resultsEdit

2019Edit

14 November 2019 (2019-11-14) 2021 AFCONQ Togo   0–1   Comoros Lomé, Togo
16:00 UTC±0 Report Selemani   51' Stadium: Stade de Kégué
Referee: Jean-Jacques Ndala Ngambo (DR Congo)
18 November 2019 (2019-11-18) 2021 AFCONQ Comoros   0–0   Egypt Moroni, Comoros
16:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Stade Omnisports de Malouzini
Referee: Bienvenu Sinko (Ivory Coast)

2020Edit

11 October 2020 (2020-10-11) Friendly Libya   1–2   Comoros Radès, Tunisia
Soilihi   45' (o.g.) Ibouroi   71'
M'Changama   90+1'
Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès
11 November 2020 (2020-11-11) 2021 AFCONQ Kenya   1–1   Comoros Kasarani, Kenya
19:00 UTC+3 Juma   65' Report M'Changama   26' Stadium: Moi International Sports Centre
Referee: Mutaz Ibrahim (Libya)
17 November 2020 (2020-11-17) 2021 AFCONQ Comoros   2–1   Kenya Moroni, Comoros
19:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Stade Omnisports de Malouzini
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)

2021Edit

21 March 2021 (2021-03-21) 2021 AFCONQ Comoros   v   Togo Comoros
--:-- UTC+3
20 March 2021 (2021-03-20) 2021 AFCONQ Egypt   v   Comoros Egypt
--:-- UTC+2

Head-to-Head Records against other countriesEdit

As of 15 November 2020

Opponent Games Wins Draws Losses Goals For Goals Against Goal Differential
  Botswana 3 1 1 1 2 2 0
  Burkina Faso 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3
  Cameroon 2 0 1 1 1 4 −3
  Djibouti 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2
  Egypt 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
  Eswatini 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3
  Gabon 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
  Ghana 2 0 1 1 0 2 −2
  Guinea 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Ivory Coast 1 0 0 1 1 3 −2
  Kenya 5 1 3 1 6 6 0
  Lesotho 3 0 2 1 1 2 −1
  Libya 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2
  Madagascar 9 0 1 8 3 25 −22
  Malawi 4 1 0 3 3 5 −2
  Maldives 4 2 2 0 9 5 +4
  Mauritania 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Mauritius 9 2 1 6 6 22 −16
  Mayotte 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Morocco 2 0 1 1 2 3 −1
  Mozambique 5 0 0 5 1 12 −11
  Namibia 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4
  Réunion 7 2 1 4 4 13 −9
  Seychelles 6 1 2 3 4 10 −6
  Togo 3 1 1 1 2 3 −1
  Uganda 2 0 0 2 0 2 −2
  Yemen 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
  Zambia 2 0 0 2 1 6 −5
  Zimbabwe 1 0 0 1 0 2 −2
29 Countries 88 16 22 50 61 154 −92

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Kenya.[4]
Caps and goals updated as of 18 November 2019, after the game against Egypt.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Salim Ben Boina (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 29) 11 0   Martigues
23 1GK Ali Ahamada (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 29) 24 0   Brann

2 2DF Kassim Abdallah (1987-04-09) 9 April 1987 (age 33) 21 0   Athlético Marseille
4 2DF Younn Zahary (1998-10-20) 20 October 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Pau
5 2DF Ahmed Soilihi (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 24) 4 0   Quevilly-Rouen
6 2DF Nadjim Abdou (C) (1984-07-13) 13 July 1984 (age 36) 29 0   Martigues
12 2DF Kassim M'Dahoma (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 23) 9 0   Bourg-en-Bresse
15 2DF Benjaloud Youssouf (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 26) 19 1   Le Mans

8 3MF Ahmed Mogni (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 29) 10 3   Annecy
10 3MF Youssouf M'Changama (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 30) 36 6   Grenoble
11 3MF Nakibou Aboubakari (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 27) 5 0   Saint-Brieuc
13 3MF Rafidine Abdullah (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 26) 9 0   Stade Lausanne-Ouchy
18 3MF Yacine Bourhane (1998-09-30) 30 September 1998 (age 22) 2 0   Niort
19 3MF Mohamed Youssouf (1988-03-26) 26 March 1988 (age 32) 26 3   Ajaccio

7 4FW Housseine Zakouani (1998-04-30) 30 April 1998 (age 22) 1 0   Aubagne
9 4FW Ibroihim Djoudja (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 26) 15 4   African Stars F.C.
14 4FW Ali M'Madi (1990-04-21) 21 April 1990 (age 30) 24 0   Andrézieux
20 4FW Faiz Mattoir (2000-07-12) 12 July 2000 (age 20) 1 0   Ajaccio
21 4FW El Fardou Ben Nabouhane (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 31) 21 9   Red Star Belgrade
22 4FW Saïd Bakari (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 26) 10 0   Waalwijk

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up within the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Clément Daoudou (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 26) 0 0   GSI Pontivy v.   Egypt, 18 November 2019

DF Chaker Alhadhur (1991-12-04) 4 December 1991 (age 28) 28 1   Châteauroux v.   Libya, 11 October 2020
DF Abdallah Ali Mohamed (1999-04-11) 11 April 1999 (age 21) 11 0   Zulte Waregem v.   Egypt, 18 November 2019

MF Fouad Bachirou (1990-04-15) 15 April 1990 (age 30) 24 0   Nottingham Forest v.   Egypt, 18 November 2019
MF Faouz Faidine Attoumane (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 26) 14 0   Fomboni FC v.   Egypt, 18 November 2019
MF Ancoub Mze Ali (1996-02-11) 11 February 1996 (age 24) 9 0   Lens B v.   Egypt, 18 November 2019
MF Fasoiha Goula Soilihi (1990-09-25) 25 September 1990 (age 30) 8 0   Zilimadjou v.   Egypt, 18 November 2019
MF Salim Moizini (1985-10-17) 17 October 1985 (age 35) 2 0   AS Lyon-Duchère v.   Egypt, 18 November 2019

FW Nasser Chamed (1993-10-04) 4 October 1993 (age 27) 19 1   Gaz Metan Mediaș v.   Libya, 11 October 2020
FW Faïz Selemani (1993-11-14) 14 November 1993 (age 27) 10 1   Kortrijk v.   Libya, 11 October 2020
FW Nordine Ibouroi (1998-07-30) 30 July 1998 (age 22) 6 0 Unattached v.   Egypt, 18 November 2019

INJ = Withdrew from this squad due to injury
SUS = Serving suspension
PRE = Preliminary squad / standby
RET = Retired from international football

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 27 November 2020. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 29 November 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  3. ^ Vickers, Steve (2009-10-24). "BBC SPORT | Football | African | Comoros make steps forward". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
  4. ^ Houssamdine, Boina (23 August 2019). "Mondial 2022 – Comores / Togo : la liste des Cœlacanthes d'Amir Abdou" (in French). Comoros Football 269. Retrieved 24 August 2019.

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