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Afcon 2021: Comoros ‘haven’t woken up’ from dream run – Alexis Souahy

Comoros has a population of just under one million but made their mark on their Africa Cup of Nations debut

Comoros players have not woken up from their fantasy run at the Africa Cup of Nations notwithstanding their last-16 leave, says safeguard Alexis Souahy.The initial time qualifiers from the Indian Ocean country of under 1,000,000 occupants caused a buzz by killing Ghana in the gathering stage, before barely losing 2-1 to has Cameroon in the second round.

The long-shots, positioned 82 spots beneath the Indomitable Lions at 132nd on the planet, gave the hosts an intense match, notwithstanding not having a perceived goalkeeper due to Covid-19 and injury and being decreased to 10 men after only seven minutes.

“We haven’t woken up right now from this astounding dream in Cameroon. I think when we return home that is the point at which we will acknowledge what enormous a mean for our exhibition has made in our lives,”

Souahy told BBC Sport Africa.

“It was a blended inclination since we saw the energetic help from around the globe for Comoros. They were all behind us, they could see we are great individuals, we played with our souls.

“We played wonderful football and everybody had a motivated outlook on the manner in which we played and that is the objective of this competition.

“It shows the enthusiasm and the never-say-bite the dust soul of a group many never allowed an opportunity. Notwithstanding the lows of the last game against Cameroon, we are extremely glad for our excursion here.”

Comoros had left-back Chaker Alhadhur in objective against Cameroon, however the substitute attendant delivered a splendid exhibition and made a few recoveries in Yaounde on Monday.

Emergency keeper Chaker Alhadhur sported a makeshift kit against Cameroon, with his number three in tape on the back of his shirt

Salim Ben Boina, who was man of the match in their 2-0 misfortune to Morocco, was harmed in the success over Ghana, while student Ali Ahamada and third-decision attendant Moyadh Ousseini were both precluded subsequent to testing positive for Covid-19.

Having beaten the Black Stars last week – an annoyed which ignited festivals among the crew and back in Comoros’ capital Moroni – the thin misfortune to another mainland heavyweight Cameroon has not hosed their soul.

Souahy, who plays for United States second-level side New Mexico United added: “We can take a great deal of up-sides since we gained tons of useful knowledge.

“It was our first time in such a major competition.

“We had in the past figured out how to assemble a solid unit in the crew, yet in Cameroon we fostered a solid bond and presently we as a whole find out about one another.”

Comoros fans took the streets in the capital Moroni to celebrate their performances in Cameroon

With a crew supported by individuals from the nation’s diaspora, the Coelacanthes saw off Kenya and Togo to arrive at the current year’s competition, and are five spots short of their best-truly positioning accomplished in October 2017.

“It was a full party for the crew [to beat Ghana], it was invigorating and simply the reality of dominating one match in the gathering stage was gigantic,”

Souahy, 27, said.

“Meeting all requirements for the following round was inconceivable, we implored and expected outcomes to turn out well for us as of now to come to the following stage. It was an astonishing second for us, for the country, for individuals all over the planet who support Comoros.

“Comoros is an excellent island with beautiful individuals. We played our hearts out and gave everything in this competition and displayed to the world that Comoros is on the guide.

“Individuals didn’t know much with regards to us before we arrived however presently the world realizes how solid we are and we’ve gotten appreciation.

“We have arrived at the understanding that in our solidarity we can bear upping to any group. In spite of our mathematical burden and wellbeing challenges [Covid] we’ve demonstrated that individuals will confront us with deference.”

Coelacanthes glad after exit
Another player who says the group are returning home with a feeling of pride and feels that they might have gone much further is Cyprus-based midfielder Faoud Bachirou, who played every one of the four games in Cameroon.

“We are glad for how we’ve treated, we’ve attempted to show – we’ve played with heart and we’ve played for our country,”

he said.

“Our guardian (Alhadhur) made an honest effort however that is not his position but rather it is something we have been dealing with – obviously assuming we had our goalkeeper that would have added a touch more strength.”

The Comoros group transport was trapped in rush hour gridlock while heading to the Olembe Stadium in front of the Cameroon game and Bachirou feels more might have been done to keep away from such episodes.

“I don’t think we are taken care of like different groups were cared for,”

he said.

“We were stranded in rush hour gridlock. I don’t have the foggiest idea what occurred. There have been a great deal of things during the opposition that were truly problematic.”

Alexis Souahy (right) did not make it onto the pitch in Cameroon

A late consideration to the Comoros crew for the mainland show-stopper occasion, a Covid contamination implied that Souahy had to watch the activity structure his lodging and the stands.

At 27, he actually has the desire of playing in one more Cup of Nations as the following competition is planned for the late spring of 2023 in Ivory Coast.

“This is the kind of competition you dream as long as you can remember of playing as a kid,”

he added.

“There are not such countless rivalries, obviously there is the World Cup and the Euros, then, at that point, it’s the Afcon close to them.

“This is the kind of competition you long for as a child and you watch on TV and would like to be in sometime in the not so distant future. So I couldn’t imagine anything better than to return here again and help my country to another significant competition.”

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