The Comoros
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Les Coelacantes (The Coelacanths)
AssociationFFC
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachMohamed Bouhari[1]
CaptainJimmy Abdou
Most capsYoussouf M'Changama (50)
Top scorerBen Nabouhane (16)
Home stadiumStade Said Mohamed Cheikh
FIFA codeCOM
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 126 Increase 2 (23 June 2022)[2]
Highest126 (June 2022)
Lowest207 (December 2006)
First international
 Mauritius 3–0 Comoros 
(Saint-Denis, Réunion; August 26, 1979)
Biggest win
 Comoros 7–1 Seychelles 
(Mitsamiouli, Comoros; September 1, 2021)
Biggest defeat
Réunion Réunion 6–1 Comoros 
(Saint-Denis, Réunion; August 31, 1979)
 Madagascar 5–0 Comoros 
(Victoria, Seychelles; August 20, 1993)
 Mauritius 5–0 Comoros 
(Curepipe, Mauritius; September 4, 2003)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 2021)
Best resultRound of 16 (2021)
COSAFA Cup
Appearances4 (first in 2008)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2019)

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]

History

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 fixtures

Main article: Comoros national football team results

2021

1 September Friendly Comoros  7–1  Seychelles Moroni, Comoros
15:00 UTC+2
Report
  • Henriette 78'
Stadium: Stade Omnisports de Malouzini
Referee: Elly Sasii (Tanzania)
7 September Friendly Comoros  1–0  Burundi Moroni, Comoros
Report Stadium: Stade Omnisports de Malouzini
Referee: Elly Sasii (Tanzania)
13 November Friendly Sierra Leone  0–2  Comoros Sapanca, Turkey
Report
Stadium: Sapanca Atatürk Stadyumu
31 December Friendly Comoros  1–2  Malawi Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Report
Stadium: Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium

2022

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
3 June 2023 AFCON qualification Comoros  2–0  Lesotho Moroni, Comoros
16:00 UTC+3 Report Stadium: Stade Omnisports de Malouzini
Referee: Andofetra Rakotojaona (Madagascar)
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
Report
  • M'Changama 76'
Stadium: King Zwelithini Stadium
7 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Comoros  0–1  Botswana Durban, South Africa
  • Talane 40'
Stadium: King Zwelithini Stadium
10 July 2022 COSAFA Cup Seychelles  v  Comoros KwaMashu, South Africa
Stadium: Princess Magogo Stadium
September 2023 AFCON qualification Ivory Coast  v  Comoros Ivory Coast
Report
September 2023 AFCON qualification Comoros  v  Ivory Coast Comoros
Report

2023

March 2023 AFCON qualification Lesotho  v  Comoros
March 2023 AFCON qualification Comoros  v  Zambia

Coaching history

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022 COSAFA Cup.[7]

Caps and goals are correct as of 7 June 2022, after the match against Zambia.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Fahad Abdoul-Anziz (1995-08-15) 15 August 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Comoros Volcan Club
1GK Ahmed Fajidou (2000-12-31) 31 December 2000 (age 21) 0 0 Comoros FCN Espoir
1GK Djawadi Youssouf (2001-12-05) 5 December 2001 (age 20) 0 0 Comoros Zilimadjou

2DF Malaga Soulaimana (1989-04-05) 5 April 1989 (age 33) 13 1 Comoros Fomboni
2DF Bakri Youssouf (1996-07-01) 1 July 1996 (age 26) 8 0 Comoros Djabal
2DF Abdallah Allaoui (1987-07-23) 23 July 1987 (age 34) 2 0 Comoros Zilimadjou
2DF Omar Abdoul Anziz 0 0 Comoros Zilimadjou
2DF Ali Mohammad Ibrahim (1994-06-27) 27 June 1994 (age 28) 0 0 Comoros Fomboni
2DF Mouhamadi Salim 0 0 Comoros Belle Lumière
2DF Mohammad Zamir (1995-10-28) 28 October 1995 (age 26) 0 0 Comoros Volcan Club

3MF Faouz Faidine Attoumane (1994-01-04) 4 January 1994 (age 28) 18 0 Comoros Fomboni
3MF Arkane Mohamed (1993-10-11) 11 October 1993 (age 28) 8 0 Mayotte Mtsapéré
3MF Moudhoiffar Ali Mze (1997-08-08) 8 August 1997 (age 24) 0 0 Comoros Etoile des Comores
3MF Oubeidullah Ben Ali Soufiane (1999-12-25) 25 December 1999 (age 22) 0 0 Comoros Gombessa Sport
3MF Raidou Boina Bacar (1992-08-04) 4 August 1992 (age 29) 0 0 Comoros Zilimadjou
3MF Hashim El Hadad (1995-07-03) 3 July 1995 (age 27) 0 0 Comoros Zilimadjou

4FW Ibroihim Youssouf (1994-05-06) 6 May 1994 (age 28) 27 6 South Africa TS Sporting
4FW Ali Nassim M'Changama (1996-09-23) 23 September 1996 (age 25) 6 2 Comoros Zilimadjou
4FW Mohamed Chamoune (1994-11-06) 6 November 1994 (age 27) 1 0 Comoros Zilimadjou
4FW Mahamoud Abdoullah 0 0 Comoros AS Komorozine
4FW Misbahou Mohamed Ibrahim (1996-06-06) 6 June 1996 (age 26) 0 0 Comoros Volcan Club
4FW Djailane Roihimou (2002-06-26) 26 June 2002 (age 20) 0 0 Comoros Gombessa Sport
4FW Abdullah Said Sadad (1994-07-29) 29 July 1994 (age 27) 0 0 Comoros Fomboni

Recent call-ups

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 Ali Ahamada (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 30) 31 0 Andorra UE Santa Coloma v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
GK Salim Ben Boina (1991-07-19) 19 July 1991 (age 30) 18 0 France Martigues v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
GK Moyadh Ousseni (1993-04-02) 2 April 1993 (age 29) 1 0 France Fréjus St-Raphaël v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
GK Yannick Pandor (2001-05-01) 1 May 2001 (age 21) 1 0 France Lens B v.  Ethiopia, 25 March 2022
GK Kary Guarino (2001-06-19) 19 June 2001 (age 21) 0 0 France Lucciana v.  Ethiopia, 25 March 2022

DF Benjaloud Youssouf (1994-02-11) 11 February 1994 (age 28) 32 1 France Le Mans v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
DF Chaker Alhadhur (1991-12-04) 4 December 1991 (age 30) 31 1 France Ajaccio v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
DF Kassim M'Dahoma (1997-01-26) 26 January 1997 (age 25) 21 0 France Avranches v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
DF Abdallah Ali Mohamed (1999-04-11) 11 April 1999 (age 23) 14 1 Switzerland Stade Lausanne v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
DF Younn Zahary (1998-10-20) 20 October 1998 (age 23) 10 0 France Cholet v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
DF Kassim Ahamada (1992-04-18) 18 April 1992 (age 30) 9 0 France Créteil v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
DF Abdel-Hakim Abdallah (1997-08-18) 18 August 1997 (age 24) 1 0 France Grenoble v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
DF Kassim Abdallah (1987-04-09) 9 April 1987 (age 35) 31 1 France Athlético Marseille 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Nadjim Abdou (captain) (1984-07-13) 13 July 1984 (age 37) 39 0 France Martigues 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Alexis Souahy (1995-01-13) 13 January 1995 (age 27) 1 0 United States New Mexico United 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Safwan Mbaé (1997-04-20) 20 April 1997 (age 25) 0 0 France GOAL FC v.  Burundi, 7 September 2021

MF Youssouf M'Changama (1990-08-29) 29 August 1990 (age 31) 49 10 France Guingamp v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
MF Fouad Bachirou (1990-04-15) 15 April 1990 (age 32) 34 0 Cyprus Omonia v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
MF Mohamed Youssouf (1988-03-26) 26 March 1988 (age 34) 33 2 France Ajaccio v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
MF Saïd Bakari (1994-09-22) 22 September 1994 (age 27) 24 0 Netherlands RKC Waalwijk v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
MF Rafidine Abdullah (1994-01-15) 15 January 1994 (age 28) 17 0 Switzerland Stade Lausanne v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
MF Yacine Bourhane (1998-09-30) 30 September 1998 (age 23) 9 0 Netherlands Go Ahead Eagles v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
MF Iyad Mohamed (2001-03-05) 5 March 2001 (age 21) 5 0 France Auxerre v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
MF Anfane Ahamada (2002-05-07) 7 May 2002 (age 20) 0 0 France Paris Saint-Germain v.  Ethiopia, 25 March 2022
MF Nakibou Aboubakari (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 29) 8 0 France Stade Briochin 2021 Africa Cup of Nations

FW Ben Nabouhane (1989-06-10) 10 June 1989 (age 33) 33 16 Serbia Red Star Belgrade v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
FW Ali M'Madi (1990-04-21) 21 April 1990 (age 32) 32 0 France Tours v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
FW Nasser Chamed (1993-10-04) 4 October 1993 (age 28) 23 1 Romania Gaz Metan Mediaș v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
FW Ahmed Mogni (1991-10-10) 10 October 1991 (age 30) 22 4 France Annecy v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
FW Faïz Selemani (1993-11-14) 14 November 1993 (age 28) 19 3 Belgium Kortrijk v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
FW Faiz Mattoir (2000-07-12) 12 July 2000 (age 21) 10 2 France Cholet v.  Zambia, 7 June 2022
FW Moussa Djoumoi (1999-07-16) 16 July 1999 (age 22) 6 1 France Saint-Priest v.  Ethiopia, 25 March 2022
FW Mohamed M'Changama (1997-08-05) 5 August 1997 (age 24) 19 2 France Racing Besançon 2021 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Ibtoihi Hadhari (2003-10-03) 3 October 2003 (age 18) 0 0 France Marseille B v.  Burundi, 7 September 2021

Player records

As of 25 March 2022
Players in bold are still active with the Comoros.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to West Germany 1974 Part of  France Part of  France
Argentina 1978 to Germany 2006 Not affiliated with FIFA Not affiliated with FIFA
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 2 0 0 2 2 10
Brazil 2014 2 0 0 2 1 5
Russia 2018 4 0 3 1 1 3
Qatar 2022 2 0 1 1 1 3
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0/22 10 0 4 6 5 21

Olympic Games

Olympic Games record
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
France 1900 to West Germany 1972 Part of  France (FRA)
Canada 1976 to Spain 1992 Not affiliated with the IOC
United States 1996 to Greece 2004 Not affiliated with FIFA
China 2008 Did not enter
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020
France 2024 To be determined
Total 0/27

Africa Cup of Nations

Africa Cup of Nations record
Appearances: 1
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Sudan 1957 to Egypt 1974 Part of  France
Ethiopia 1976 to Mali 2002 Not affiliated with CAF
Tunisia 2004 Did not enter
Egypt 2006
Ghana 2008
Angola 2010 Did not qualify
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012
South Africa 2013
Equatorial Guinea 2015
Gabon 2017
Egypt 2019
Cameroon 2021 Round of 16 16th 4 1 0 3 4 7 Squad
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined
Guinea 2025
Total Round of 16 1/33 4 1 0 3 4 7

African Games

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

African Nations Championship

African Nations Championship record
Appearances: 0
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not enter
Sudan 2011
South Africa 2014 Did not qualify
Rwanda 2016
Morocco 2018
Cameroon 2020
Algeria 2022 To be determined
Total 0/6

COSAFA Cup

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

Indian Ocean Island Games

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

Arab Nations Cup

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
Lebanon 1963 Part of  France Part of  France
Kuwait 1964
Iraq 1966
Saudi Arabia 1985 Did not enter Did not enter
Jordan 1988
Syria 1992
Qatar 1998 Withdrew Withdrew
Kuwait 2002 Did not enter Did not enter
2009 Did not qualify 1 2 1 0 1 4 3
Saudi Arabia 2012 Did not enter
Qatar 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 Games

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

Head-to-head record

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

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