What Nigeria could not do with Togo in the African Nations Championship qualifiers, lesser known Comoros Island have done it in the qualifying series of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying (CHAN) series.
It will be recalled that Togo beat Nigeria 4-1 in Lome in the CHAN qualfiers and later 2-1 in a WAFU Cup encounter in Senegal.
Comoros took the surprise lead on top of Group G for the Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 qualifiers after shocking Togo 1-0 in Lome on match day one. The islanders who are ranked at position 142 on the FIFA rankings were not the favorites especially away from home.
But they were not keen on keeping to the narrative as they gave in a superb fight, Faiz Selemani scoring six minutes after the break, a lead they held on to for the remaining 41 minutes of the game.
The victory now earns them massive confidence ahead of the second match day on Monday when they take on Egypt at home.
The Egyptians were meanwhile held to a 1-1 draw by Kenya’s Harambee Stars in the other Group B match in Alexandria. Mahmoud Kahraba scored the opener for the Egyptians in the opening half, but Kenya equalized in the second half through Michael Olunga.
Kenya were unfortunate as they had to make two injury enforced changes in the first half. Keeper Patrick Matasi was substituted after just nine minutes when he picked up a knee injury as he took a goalkick.
They were later forced to pull out Ayub Timbe after he also picked up a knee injury and was replaced by Cliff Nyakeya. Timbe had Kenya’s best chance of the game when he took on a brilliant solo run but his shot from inside the box was saved by the keeper.
Olunga had another chance when he shot from inside the box after dummying two defenders but the effort was straight to the keeper.
Egypt broke the deadlock in the 41st minute when Kahraba raced to a short backpass from defender Eric Ouma to substitute keeper Ian Otieno, blocking his first clearance before tapping into an empty net.
But Kenya were unfazed and in the second half, with an improved performance to try and get back into contention. And they did just so after 61 minutes when Cliff Nyakeya did well to win the ball inside the box before teeing up Olunga who fired home.
Egypt almost got back into the lead in the 78th minute when Otieno spilled a scorcher from Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, but the ball amazingly did not cross the line with Joseph Okumu clearing. The spills fell on Kahraba whose shot was blocked again by Samuel Olwande.