Qualification history
FIFA members since 2005, Comoros made their FIFA World Cup™ qualifying debut in the preliminaries for South Africa 2010, where they had a baptism of fire against Madagascar in the first round, going down 10-2 on aggregate. Four years later it was Mozambique who accounted for them at the same stage of the competition, though Comoros were entitled to feel more pleased with their efforts in only losing the two-legged tie 5-1.

The team
After two years without playing a single match of any description, and thanks to FIFA’s financial support and development programmes, Comoros’ national team returned to action in 2014. Boasting a clutch of foreign-based players who have been only too happy to answer the call, Les Coelacanthes are gaining in experience, with defenders Kassim Abdallah and Chaker Alhadhur and midfield man Fouad Bachirou leading the way forward.

The coach
When Amir Abdou took on the Comoros job in 2014, he decided to continue coaching French club Golfech. Fully committed to his new post, however, he has since chosen to devote his energies entirely to Comoros. Backed by his experienced and well-qualified assistants and calling on the services of dual nationals playing their club football in France, he has breathed new life into the national team’s cause.

The stat
207 - In December 2005, the Comoros FA became FIFA’s 207th member association and with it one of the youngest members of the global football family, which now numbers 209.

The former stars
Ibor Bakar, Daoud Midtadi