The Comoros, an island nation in East Africa, made history. For the first time in its football history, the country is represented in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Contribution to Comoros’ amazing Africa Cup participation: Ahmed Mogni.
An island nation from the Indian Ocean on the big stage: The Comoros national team qualified for the Africa Cup for the first time, thus writing a short fairy tale. The team drew 0-0 against Togo on Thursday, thus earning tickets ahead of time for matches in Cameroon in January and February 2022.
For the Comoros, with a population of nearly 850,000, the association, which has only been a member of FIFA since 2005, is the biggest success in their football history. In the qualifying final against Egypt in Cairo on Monday, the 130th-ranked big loser could have topped it even with a team win.
The Comoros team relies heavily on foreign-born players, but has roots in the southeastern African island nation. One of them is striker Ahmed Mogni, who plays for French amateur club FC Annecy. Only three players in the starting line-up against Togo are active in a top division in Europe. Meanwhile, seven-time African champion Egypt also bought his tournament ticket. A 1-1 (1-0) victory in Kenya was enough for the team around Liverpool FC superstar Mo Salah.