In the past three years, the Comoros national team has been boosted by an emergence of players born outside the country, but have Comorian roots.
Most of the players were born in France and have been going through structures of teams in the European country and around the world.
FARPost looks at some of the players who are making strides across Europe and have brought the much-needed boost in the national team over the years.
Born in France, Selemani started his journey in the country’s lower tiers before moving to Belgium a few years ago. The 27-year-old began his career at local club Athletico Marseille before having stints at clubs like Niort, FC Lorient and Ajaccio. In 2018, he made a move to Belgian second division side Royale Union Saint Gilloise where alongside South Africa’s Percy Tau and Frenchman Youssoufou Niakate the trio terrorized defences in the Proximus League.
Last season a move to KV Kortrijk followed and the winger has already started well this season with 2 goals scored and another assisted in the 10 games he has played. In 2017 he was roped in to represent Comoros with his parents originally from there.
Bachirou is another of the France-born players and he is one of the senior players in the Comoros national team. The midfielder has travelled the world playing in countries like Sweden (Malmo IF), Scotland (Greenock Morton), and now he plays for English Championship side Nottingham Forest having recently joined from Swedish giants Malmo IF. He made his debut for Comoros back in 2014 and has played 19 international games for the country.
RAFIKI SAID AHAMADA
Probably one of the most promising young players from the current generation of Comorian footballers, Ahamada was born in Comoros, but moved to France to join Stade Brest in France at the age of 17. The attacker has been going through the structures at the Ligue 1 side and has mostly been playing with the reserve side in recent years. The 20-year-old midfielder is expected to play a part for Stade Brest in the 2020/21 season after being recently promoted to the first team.
ABDALLAH ALI MOHAMED
After going through the youth ranks of French giants Olympique Marseille for the past three years the club decided to loan the young defender to Belgian top-flight side Zulte Waregem for the 2020/21 season. Mohamed made his debut back in 2017 for Comoros and has gone on to make 9 international appearances.
One of the country’s most reliable attacking players Bakari is currently in the Netherlands with top tier side RKC Waalwijk. The 26-year-old was born in France to Comorian parents and he also made his debut in 2017.
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