Comoros national football team

The Comoros national football team represents the Comoros in international football and is controlled by the Comoros Football Federation.[4] It was formed in 1979, joined the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 2003, and became a FIFA member in 2005. Comoros qualified for their first major tournament in 2021, after their 0–0 draw with Togo assured them of a place in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.[5]

The Comoros
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Coelacantes (The Coelacanths)
AssociationFFC
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachYounes Zerdouk[1]
CaptainNadjim Abdou
Most capsYoussouf M'Changama (54)
Top scorerBen Nabouhane (17)
Home stadiumStade Said Mohamed Cheikh
FIFA codeCOM
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 129 Steady (22 December 2022)[2]
Highest126 (June 2022)
Lowest207 (December 2006)
First international
 Mauritius 3–0 Comoros 
(Saint-Denis, Réunion; 26 August 1979)
Biggest win
 Comoros 7–1 Seychelles 
(Mitsamiouli, Comoros; 1 September 2021)
Biggest defeat
Réunion Réunion 6–1 Comoros 
(Saint-Denis, Réunion; 31 August 1979)
 Madagascar 5–0 Comoros 
(Victoria, Seychelles; 20 August 1993)
 Mauritius 5–0 Comoros 
(Curepipe, Mauritius; 4 September 2003)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Best resultRound of 16 (2021)
COSAFA Cup
Appearances5 (first in 2008)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2019)

HistoryEdit

The national football team of the 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. They would go on to qualify for the final tournament, their first major tournament since joining FIFA.[5]

In the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, Ahmed Mogni scored a brace for Comoros in their 3–2 group match victory over Ghana in what the BBC described as "one of the biggest shocks in Nations Cup history".[6]

Recent results and fixturesEdit

2021Edit

13 November Friendly Sierra Leone   0–2   Comoros Sapanca, Turkey
Report
  • Ben Nabouhane   34', 89'
Stadium: Sapanca Atatürk Stadyumu
31 December Friendly Comoros   1–2   Malawi Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Report
Stadium: Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium

2022Edit

3 January Friendly Comoros   Cancelled   Ivory Coast TBD, Saudi Arabia
Report Stadium: TBD
10 January 2021 AFCON Comoros   0–1   Gabon Yaoundé, Cameroon
20:00 Report
Stadium: Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
Referee: Peter Waweru (Kenya)
14 January 2021 AFCON Morocco   2–0   Comoros Yaoundé, Cameroon
17:00
Report Stadium: Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
Referee: Sadok Selmi (Tunisia)
18 January 2021 AFCON Ghana   2–3   Comoros Garoua, Cameroon
20:00
Report
Stadium: Roumdé Adjia Stadium
Referee: Boubou Traore (Mali)
24 January AFCON Round of 16 Cameroon   2–1   Comoros Yaoundé, Cameroon
Report Stadium: Olembe Stadium
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
25 March Friendly Comoros   2–1   Ethiopia Moroni, Comoros
Stadium: Stade omnisports de Malouzini
7 June 2023 AFCON qualification Zambia   2–1   Comoros Lusaka, Zambia
15:00 UTC+2
Report Stadium: National Heroes Stadium
Referee: Samuel Uwikunda (Rwanda)
5 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Angola   3–1   Comoros Durban, South Africa
15:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: King Zwelithini Stadium
7 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Comoros   0–1   Botswana Durban, South Africa
15:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: King Zwelithini Stadium
10 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Seychelles   1–2   Comoros KwaMashu, South Africa
15:00 UTC+2
Report
Stadium: Princess Magogo Stadium
23 September Friendly Tunisia   1–0   Comoros Croissy-sur-Seine, France
16:30 UTC+2
Report Stadium: Stade Omnisports du Chemin de Ronde
Referee: Gabriel Henry (France)
27 September Friendly Burkina Faso   2–1   Comoros Casablanca, Morocco
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Report
Stadium: TBD

2023Edit

March 2023 AFCON qualification Ivory Coast   v   Comoros Ivory Coast
Report
September 2023 AFCON qualification Comoros   v   Zambia

Coaching historyEdit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Tunisia and Burkina Faso on 23 and 27 September 2022.[7]

Caps and goals are correct as of 22 September 2022, after the match against Tunisia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
23 1GK Ali Ahamada (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 31) 34 0   Azam
16 1GK Moyadh Ousseni (1993-04-02) 2 April 1993 (age 29) 1 0   Fréjus St-Raphaël
1 1GK Yannick Pandor (2001-05-01) 1 May 2001 (age 21) 1 0   Lens B

15 2DF Benjaloud Youssouf (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 28) 35 2   Châteauroux
3 2DF Chaker Alhadhur (1991-12-04) 4 December 1991 (age 31) 32 1   Ajaccio
5 2DF Abdallah Ali Mohamed (1999-04-11) 11 April 1999 (age 23) 16 1   Lausanne Ouchy
29 2DF Abdel-Hakim Abdallah (1997-08-18) 18 August 1997 (age 25) 3 0   Rodez
24 2DF Karim Attoumani (2001-03-24) 24 March 2001 (age 21) 1 0   Dijon B
27 2DF Safwan Mbaé (1997-04-20) 20 April 1997 (age 25) 1 0   Sète
4 2DF Yakine Said M'Madi (2004-03-11) 11 March 2004 (age 18) 1 0   Marseille B
13 2DF Alexis Souahy (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 28) 1 0   New Mexico United
26 2DF Aaron Kamardin (2002-04-08) 8 April 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Marseille B

10 3MF Youssouf M'Changama (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 32) 53 11   Auxerre
19 3MF Mohamed Youssouf (1988-03-26) 26 March 1988 (age 34) 38 3   Ajaccio
8 3MF Fouad Bachirou (1990-04-15) 15 April 1990 (age 32) 37 0   Omonia
22 3MF Saïd Bakari (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 28) 27 0   RKC Waalwijk
18 3MF Yacine Bourhane (1998-09-30) 30 September 1998 (age 24) 10 0   Esbjerg
12 3MF Aymeric Ahmed (2003-11-08) 8 November 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Strasbourg

21 4FW Ben Nabouhane (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 33) 36 17   Red Star Belgrade
17 4FW Nasser Chamed (1993-10-04) 4 October 1993 (age 29) 24 1   Chindia Târgoviște
7 4FW Faïz Selemani (1993-11-14) 14 November 1993 (age 29) 22 3   Kortrijk
20 4FW Housseine Zakouani (1998-04-30) 30 April 1998 (age 24) 2 0   Jura Sud
9 4FW Adel Mahamoud (2003-02-04) 4 February 2003 (age 19) 1 0   Nantes B
14 4FW Zaïd Amir (2002-05-11) 11 May 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Le Mans

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team within the last 12 months and are still available for selection.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Fahad Abdoul-Anziz (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 27) 3 0   Volcan Club 2022 COSAFA Cup
GK Ahmed Fajidou (2000-12-31) 31 December 2000 (age 22) 0 0   Espoir 2022 COSAFA Cup
GK Djawadi Youssouf (2001-12-05) 5 December 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Zilimadjou 2022 COSAFA Cup
GK Salim Ben Boina (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 31) 18 0   Épinal v.   Zambia, 7 June 2022
GK Kary Guarino (2001-06-19) 19 June 2001 (age 21) 0 0   Lucciana v.   Ethiopia, 25 March 2022

DF Malaga Soulaimana (1989-04-05) 5 April 1989 (age 33) 18 1   Fomboni 2022 COSAFA Cup
DF Bakri Youssouf (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 26) 12 0   Djabal 2022 COSAFA Cup
DF Abdallah Allaoui (1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 (age 35) 7 0   Zilimadjou 2022 COSAFA Cup
DF Omar Abdoul Anziz 0 0   Zilimadjou 2022 COSAFA Cup
DF Ali Mohammad Ibrahim (1994-06-27) 27 June 1994 (age 28) 0 0   Fomboni 2022 COSAFA Cup
DF Mouhamadi Salim 0 0   Belle Lumière 2022 COSAFA Cup
DF Mohammad Zamir (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 27) 9 0   Volcan Club 2022 COSAFA Cup
DF Kassim M'Dahoma (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 26) 23 0   Botoșani v.   Zambia, 7 June 2022
DF Younn Zahary (1998-10-20) 20 October 1998 (age 24) 12 0 Free agent v.   Zambia, 7 June 2022
DF Kassim Ahamada (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 30) 9 0 Free agent v.   Zambia, 7 June 2022
DF Kassim Abdallah (1987-04-09) 9 April 1987 (age 35) 30 1   Marignane 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Nadjim Abdou (1984-07-13) 13 July 1984 (age 38) 40 0 Retired 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

MF Faouz Faidine Attoumane (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 29) 23 0   Nouadhibou 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Arkane Mohamed (1993-10-11) 11 October 1993 (age 29) 11 0   Mtsapéré 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Moudhoiffar Ali Mze (1997-08-08) 8 August 1997 (age 25) 4 1   Etoile des Comores 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Oubeidullah Soufiane (1999-12-25) 25 December 1999 (age 23) 1 0   Gombessa Sport 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Raidou Boina Bacar (1992-08-04) 4 August 1992 (age 30) 14 2   Zilimadjou 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Hashim El Hadad (1995-07-03) 3 July 1995 (age 27) 0 0   Zilimadjou 2022 COSAFA Cup
MF Rafidine Abdullah (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 29) 19 0 Free agent v.   Zambia, 7 June 2022
MF Iyad Mohamed (2001-03-05) 5 March 2001 (age 21) 7 0   Caen v.   Zambia, 7 June 2022
MF Anfane Ahamada (2002-05-07) 7 May 2002 (age 20) 0 0   Martigues v.   Ethiopia, 25 March 2022
MF Nakibou Aboubakari (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 29) 8 0   Fleury 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

FW Ibroihim Djoudja (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 28) 31 6   TS Sporting 2022 COSAFA Cup
FW Ali Nassim M'Changama (1996-09-23) 23 September 1996 (age 26) 11 3   Zilimadjou 2022 COSAFA Cup
FW Mohamed Chamoune (1994-11-06) 6 November 1994 (age 28) 3 0   Volcan Club 2022 COSAFA Cup
FW Mahamoud Abdoullah (1998-03-24) 24 March 1998 (age 24) 3 0   AS Komorozine 2022 COSAFA Cup
FW Misbahou Ibrahim (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 26) 5 0   Volcan Club 2022 COSAFA Cup
FW Djailane Roihimou (2002-06-26) 26 June 2002 (age 20) 2 0   Gombessa Sport 2022 COSAFA Cup
FW Abdullah Said Sadad (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 28) 7 1   Fomboni 2022 COSAFA Cup
FW Ali M'Madi (1990-04-21) 21 April 1990 (age 32) 32 0   Épinal v.   Zambia, 7 June 2022
FW Ahmed Mogni (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 31) 24 4 Free agent v.   Zambia, 7 June 2022
FW Faiz Mattoir (2000-07-12) 12 July 2000 (age 22) 11 2   Almere City v.   Zambia, 7 June 2022
FW Moussa Djoumoi (1999-07-16) 16 July 1999 (age 23) 6 1   Stade Nyonnais v.   Ethiopia, 25 March 2022
FW Mohamed M'Changama (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 25) 19 2   Nouadhibou 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Ibtoihi Hadhari (2003-10-03) 3 October 2003 (age 19) 0 0   Marseille B v.   Burundi, 7 September 2021

Player recordsEdit

As of 27 September 2022[8]
Players in bold are still active with the Comoros.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

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 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/22 10 0 4 6 5 21

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games record
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.

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 Part of   France Part of   France
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1974
  1976 Not a member of CAF Not a member of CAF
  1978
  1980
  1982
  1984
  1986
  1988
  1990
  1992
  1994
  1996
  1998
    2000
  2002
  2004 Did not enter Did not enter
  2006
  2008
  2010 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 10
    2012 6 0 1 5 2 14
  2013 Did not enter Did not enter
  2015 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 1 2
  2017 6 1 0 5 2 7
  2019 8 2 3 3 8 10
  2021 Round of 16 16th 4 1 0 3 4 7 Squad 6 2 3 1 4 6
  2023 To be determined In progress
  2025 To be determined
Total Round of 16 1/33 4 1 0 3 4 7 30 5 8 17 19 49

African GamesEdit

African Games record
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1965 to   1973 Part of   France (FRA)
  1978 to   1991 Not affiliated with the IOC
  1995 Did not enter
  1999
  2003
  2007
  2011
  2015
  2019
Total 0/12

African Nations ChampionshipEdit

African Nations Championship record
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  2009 Did not enter
  2011
  2014 Did not qualify
  2016
  2018
  2020
  2022
Total 0/7

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup record
Appearances: 4
Year Round Result M W D L GF GA
1997 to 2007 Not affiliated with COSAFA
  2008 Group stage 11th 3 0 0 3 0 5
  2009 5th 3 1 1 1 2 4
  2010 Cancelled
  2013 Did not enter
  2015
  2016
  2017
  2018 Group stage 12th 3 0 1 2 1 5
  2019 Quarter-finals 8th 3 1 1 1 4 5
  2020 Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Total Quarter-finals 4/19 12 2 3 7 7 19

Indian Ocean Island GamesEdit

Indian Ocean Island Games record
Appearances: 9
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1979 Bronze Medal 3rd 4 1 0 3 4 12
  1985 Bronze Medal 3rd 3 1 1 1 4 3
  1990 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 0 3 2 8
  1993 Group Stage 5th 2 0 0 2 0 8
  1998 5th 2 0 0 2 0 6
  2003 Fourth Place 4th 4 0 0 4 0 12
  2007 Group Stage 6th 2 0 1 1 1 4
  2011 5th 3 0 2 1 2 4
  2015 7th 2 0 0 2 0 6
Total Bronze Medal 9/9 26 3 4 19 13 63

Arab Nations CupEdit

Arab Nations Cup record Arab Nations Cup Qualification record
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1963 Part of   France Part of   France
  1964
  1966
  1985 Did not enter Did not enter
  1988
  1992
  1998 Withdrew Withdrew
  2002 Did not enter Did not enter
  2009 Did not qualify 1 2 1 0 1 4 3
  2012 Did not enter
  2021 Did not qualify 1 0 0 1 1 5
Total 0/10 3 1 0 2 5 8

^1 The 2009 edition was cancelled during qualification.

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Pan Arab Games record
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1953 to   1965 Part of   France (FRA)
  1976 to   1992 Not affiliated with the UANOC
  1997 Did not enter
  1999
  2004 No tournament
  2007 Did not enter
  2011
Total 0/11

Head-to-head recordEdit

As of 24 January 2022

Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD
  Botswana 2 1 0 1 2 2 0
  Burkina Faso 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3
  Burundi 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
  Cameroon 3 0 1 2 2 6 −4
  Djibouti 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2
  Egypt 2 0 1 1 0 4 −4
  Eswatini 2 0 1 1 2 5 −3
  Gabon 2 0 1 1 1 2 −1
  Ghana 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1
  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 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3
  Mozambique 5 0 0 5 1 12 −11
  Namibia 3 1 0 2 2 6 −4
  Palestine 1 0 0 1 1 5 −4
  Réunion 7 2 1 4 4 13 −9
  Seychelles 4 2 2 0 10 3 +7
  Sierra Leone 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
  Togo 6 1 3 2 4 7 −3
  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 89 16 22 51 62 156 −93

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Houssamdine, Boina. "Younes Zerdouk, Younes Zerdouk nommé sélectionneur des Comores". Comoros Football.
  2. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 22 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  3. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 18 December 2022. Retrieved 18 December 2022.
  4. ^ Vickers, Steve (24 October 2009). "BBC SPORT | Football | African | Comoros make steps forward". BBC News. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Comoros achieve fairytale Nations Cup qualification". BBC Sport. 25 March 2021. Retrieved 25 March 2021.
  6. ^ Stevens, Rob (18 January 2022). "Ghana dumped out of Afcon by Comoros". BBC Sport.
  7. ^ Houssamdine, Boina. "List of Comoros for Burkina Faso and Tunisia". Comoros Football.
  8. ^ Zimmerman, Benjamin. "Comoros". National Football Teams.

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