The Comorian soccer boss has wailed over the unavailability of the nation’s France primarily based execs for this month’s qualifiers
Comoros Soccer Federation president Ali Mentioned Athouman is sad that his nation shall be lacking the companies of 5 gamers throughout March’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in opposition to Togo and Egypt.
The quintet particularly Faiz Mattoir (AC Ajaccio), Mohamed Youssouf (AC Ajaccio), Mohamed M’Changama (Guingamp), Yacine Bourhane (Niort) and Younn Zahary (Pau) could be unavoidably absent from Les Coelacantes’ final two video games.
The Ligue de Soccer Professionnel (LFP) had confirmed that French groups would forestall their gamers from travelling for any worldwide video games outdoors Europe.
That settlement was reached following a gathering between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 golf equipment on Wednesday – a verdict that may have an effect on most African nations who’ve their star gamers in France.
One in all such nations is Comoros Island who’re on the cusp of qualifying for his or her maiden look on the biennial African soccer showpiece.
“It’s a very, very tough scenario for us and it’s horrible to deprive the gamers who’ve been concerned for years within the nationwide crew, a few of whom are near the tip of their careers, of this sport,” Athouman instructed L’équipe.
“We’re a small federation, a small nation. We have labored arduous to get thus far, so we’re struggling greater than others from these absences (5 gamers).
“We should not have the flexibility to exchange sure frameworks. We’re very affected.”
He additionally disclosed that he had been in contact with Ajaccio boss Christian Leca, nonetheless, the scenario stays the identical.
“[My meeting] went very properly with him and he understood the scenario,” he continued.
“For golf equipment that do not play something, I believed we might allow them to come however no. I had (Fred) Legrand, the president of Guingamp, I used to be even able to be sure that our participant (Youssouf M’Changama) performs in opposition to Togo (Thursday) and we might have let him go afterwards.
“I might have lived as much as my dedication. And that is the place we’re at. These are gamers who’ve given themselves for his or her choice. It breaks a participant like that.”
Because it stands, Comoros are second in Group G with eight factors and a win in any of their final two outings would guarantee them of a spot in Cameroon.