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Comoros coach Amir Abdou: We worked so hard from the first day and deserved to qualify


Coach of the Comoros national team, Les Colecanthes, Amir Abdou says his team’s qualification to their first-ever African Cup of Nations (AFCON) was not by luck, rather, by dint of hard work.

Comoros who were ranked 148th in the world before the commencement of the Cameroon 2021 AFCON qualifiers, ended the qualification without a defeat and with the same points (nine) as group winners and seven-time African champions Egypt.

Head coach Amir Abdou was full of praise for his players who put up a spirited fight right from the preliminary stages of the qualifiers to the group stage proper. “We had a very good game against Egypt at home and should have won but for their goalkeeper (Mohamed Elshenawy) heroics. But this was not the reason we qualified, we did so because we worked so hard from the first day and deserved to qualify”, the coach told cafonline.com.

He said when he received the call to take over the Comoros national team, he was very excited and happy to work with his home country national team.

“I started my career with youth sides, and this helped me a lot to know how young players think and how to deal with them. We started with a very young team and kept the form till the moment. Most of these players are still with me till today, and with adding more young ones we became that solid side you see”.

Coach Amir Abdou explained why an inexperienced soccer country like Comoros boasts of a lot of foreign-based players in the national squad.

“Domestic league in Comoros is still in a phase that does not produce efficient players to take part in the national team and compete with those plying their trade in Europe. We had a couple of players from the domestic league but recently they joined me in Nouadhibou. Hopefully, in the near future, we can have more local-based players.”

He was hopeful that other talented players who ply their trade in France will start believing in his project for the nation.

“It’s up to them, I cannot force them to join us. It’s a personal decision, but if they chose to play for Comoros, they will be more than welcome. This is their fathers’ and ancestors’ country. I talked to some of them and still await their final decision”.

On the chances of his charges during the competition itself, coach Abdou said “I don’t have a magic ball to predict! But we have done a great job and will continue working. Let’s wait and see what happens”.
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