- With the postponement of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals (Afcon) to 2022, Kenya’s opponents Comoros are confident that they won’t be affected by the tournament rescheduling announced by the Confederation of African Football on Tuesday.
Amir Abdou, the minnows’ head coach is optimistic that the Afcon outsiders can reach Cameroon 2022 though the news comes as a blow for the Harambee Stars’ Group G opponents Comoros.
“This period of confinement has slowed us down in terms of our progression, but we will still continue with the staff and the players,” Abdou said.
“We’ve done a lot of interaction, a lot of video work with the players, and it’s allowed us to work on some aspects we had in terms of the team.
“We remain optimistic for what’s coming and we respect the decision,” he added.
“We wait, wisely, the upcoming decisions to be ready to attack and pick up our qualification matches,” he continued.
Comoros, who is currently ranked 133rd in the world, has never qualified for the Afcon finals, having first attempted to qualify for the 2010 edition.
Under the stewardship of Abdou, Comoros, who are unlikely group leaders after taking four points from their opening two matches, have made significant strides in recent years, taking five points during the 2019 Afcon qualifying campaign and holding both Morocco and Cameroon at home.
They (Comoros) followed up their 1-0 victory over Togo in Lome in November with a 0-0 draw against Egypt in Moroni, further demonstrating their ability to stifle and stymie the continent’s biggest footballing nations.
“We’re in a good dynamic,” Abdou stated, “but the standings are anecdotal, we’ve only just started the competition, it’s a mini-championship. It’s true that right now we’re the leaders, but things can change quickly; either upwards or downwards,” he continued.
“In terms of motivation, we’re here, we’re very motivated to reach our objectives, we want to do beautiful things for our people and for all of my players involved, so for us, the objective is to prepare well to reach qualification,” he concluded.
The group G leaders were due to face the Harambee Stars in a double-header in March before the fixtures were postponed. However, the head coach Amir Abdou is optimistic that their qualification ambitions won’t be affected.