Comoros, Malawi holding hope – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

When Comoros and Malawi clash in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on Saturday at the Stade de Moroni, the two will be holding hope that they can attain the match correct next year in Cameroon.

Kick-off is at 14h00 (CAT).

Group B of the 2019 Afcon qualifying campaign is delicately poised with the two Comoros and Malawi holding an outside likelihood of qualifying.

Cameroon leading the standings with 8 points from four games, adopted by Morocco in 2nd place on seven points. Malawi are third in group B with four points whilst Comoros are previous with two points.

Malawi’s only win in their Afcon qualifying campaign arrived around Comoros in their very first Team B match, beating them 1- back in June previous year.

Subsequent that victory Malawi endured an embarrassing 3- reduction to Morocco away from home in September of this year and then a 1- reduction to Cameroon on October 12, also away from home.

Malawi’s most modern qualifying match was a – draw at home to Cameroon on October 16.

Comoros, on the other hand, are however to win a game in Team B and have endured losses to Malawi (1- in June 2017) and Morocco (1- on October 13 of this year).

The Comoros’ only two points in Team B have arrive from attracts against Cameroon (1-1 at home in September of this year) and most recently a 2-2 draw against Cameroon on October 16.

So it is all to play for involving Malawi and Comoros with the two their Afcon lives on the line, but they could know their destiny ahead of the come across as the other Team B game involving Morocco and Cameroon takes place on Friday, November 16.

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Namibia qualify for CHAN as they send Comoros packing

Deon Hotto of Namibia during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Namibia and Swaziland at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 04 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Brian Lee

Sunday Aug 20, 2017. 18:19

Namibia qualified for the CAF African Nations Championship in Kenya next year after beating Comoros 2-0 in their third round, second leg qualifier at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek on Sunday.

The result combined with their 2-1 loss in the first leg of the qualifier to Comoros in Moroni last weekend means the aggregate scored ended 3-2 in Namibia’s favour.

The first half was a rather dull affair with Comoros trying to defend their one goal advantage from the first leg.

Namibia controlled the possession stakes, but could not make their dominance pay as they entered the half time break locked at 0-0 on the day.

Ten minutes into the second half, though, Namibia did take the lead when Muna Katupose found the back of the net, 1-0.

Although Namibia would still have qualified for CHAN 2018 with the one nil scoreline due to the away goals rule, a goal from Volta in the fourth minute of injury time sealed victory on the day and their spot in Kenya, 2-0.

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Comoros get the better of Namibia

Brian Lee

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 16:15

Two first half goals saw Comoros run out 2-1 winners over Namibia in a first leg, third round African Nations Championship qualifier at the Stade de Moroni on Sunday afternoon.

The match started a little slowly with both sides poor in the final third of the field as they squandered possession with bad decision making and woeful shooting.

Comoros, though, gradually began taking control of the game and dictating the flow of play.

The home side finally made their pressure tell with the opening goal in the 41st minute courtesy of a strike from Chadhuli Mradabi, 1-0.

In the dying seconds of the first half Comoros managed to double their lead when Mohamed Youssouf found the back of the net with the last touch of the stanza, 2-0.

Namibia came out much stronger in the second half, but they struggled to break down a resilient Comoros defence.

Still, the Namibians pushed on and did manage to pull a goal back in the 70th minute thanks to a penalty goal from Hendrik Somaeb, 2-1.

After conceding a goal Comoros did manage to hold for the win, but will be upset about conceding an away goal.

Namibia will have it all to do in the return leg of this third round tie which will be held in Windhoek next weekend.

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Comoros, Namibia eye CHAN history

Bertin Basson

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 14:18

Either way, Comoros or Namibia will make 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) history with the winner over two legs to seal their place at a first ever showpiece.

The first-leg clash will take place at the Stade de Moroni on Sunday afternoon, kick-off is at 14h00 CAT.

Neither Les Coelecantes nor the The Brave Warriors have ever qualified for the continental competition, with the CHAN tournament heading for its fifth destination – Kenya – next year.

The two nations booked their place in the Third Round, Southern Zone qualifiers following wins over Lesotho and Zimbabwe respectively.

The Island nation have been on the rise in recent years, but will be underdogs over two legs against the former COSAFA Cup holders. Comoros sit in 143rd spot in the latest FIFA world rankings while Namibia are in 136th.

Namibia will host their opponents in Windhoek for the reverse fixture next week.

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Koloti goal not enough as Comoros progress

Chiukepo Pulli Msowoya of Malawi challenged by Jane Thaba-Ntso of Lesotho during the 2016 Cosafa Cup match between Malawi and Lesotho at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Namibia on 16 June, 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Sunday Jul 23, 2017. 17:12

Comoros sealed their place in the next round of Southern Zone 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifiers, despite suffering a second leg defeat away to Lesotho.

Raboama Koloti scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win for Likuena at the Setsotso Stadium in Maseru on Saturday.

Victory, though, was not enough for the hosts as they exit the competition following a 2-1 aggregate defeat.

Comoros registered a 2-0 win at the Stade de Moroni in the first-leg.

Mohamed Youssouf and Raidou Boina Bacar found the back of the net for Les Coelecantes’ last week, with the Island nation aiming to book their place at a CHAN tournament for the first time.

Comoros will face either Namibia or Zimbabwe for a place at next year’s showpiece in Kenya.

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Comoros too strong for Lesotho

Graeme Jackson

Saturday Jul 15, 2017. 16:07

Comoros have taken a big stride toward the third round of Southern Zone qualifiers for the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) after they defeated Lesotho 2-0 on Saturday.

Les Coelecantes’ victory at Stade de Moroni puts them within touching distance of a clash against either Namibia or Zimbabwe in the final qualifying phase, though they will have to come through a testing return leg.

Comoros claimed the lead through Mohamed Youssouf early in the second half, and wrapped up the match with an 78th minute strike from Raidou Boina Bacar.

The return leg match is set for the Setsotso Stadium in Maseru next weekend.

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Comoros, Lesotho set for CHAN clash

Tsoanelo Koetle of Lesotho challenged by Salmin Hoza of Tanzania during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Tanzania and Lesotho at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 07 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jul 12, 2017. 11:30

Comoros and Lesotho will meet in the first leg of their 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Southern zone, second round qualifier on Saturday afternoon at Stade de Moroni.

Comoros, known as ‘Les Coelecantes’, have never qualified for the CHAN, with their attempt to reach the last edition in 2016 ending in the preliminary round when they were beaten 2-0 on aggregate by Zimbabwe.

Les Coelecantes were last in action in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last month, where they were beaten 1-0 by hosts Malawi.

Lesotho, known as ‘Likuena’, have also never reached the finals of the CHAN. Their attempt to reach the 2016 edition saw them get past Botswana in the preliminary round, before falling 4-2 on aggregate to Zimbabwe.

Likuena recently played in the 2017 Cosafa Cup in South Africa, where they recorded goalless draw against Namibia and Tanzania to come home in fourth place.

Comoros and Lesotho have clashed in three matches according to FIFA statistics, with two encounters ending in draws and Likuena claiming one victory.

The teams’ most recent meetings were a pair of World Cup qualifiers in October 2015 which saw Lesotho advance on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate draw.

The return leg will be held in Maseru next weekend. The aggregate winners will face Namibia or Zimbabwe in the third round.

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