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Comoros Qualify For AFCON Finals For First Time Ever

Comoros have clinched their historical qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals following a goalless draw with Togo in Moroni.

The Indian Ocean Islanders also became the eighth team to qualify for the 2022 tournament, joining holders Algeria, Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Tunisia and hosts Cameroon.

Comoros advanced in nine points in Group G one ahead of Egypt and a six points clear of Kenya who will host the Pharaohs later on Thursday night.

It was an extremely cagey start to the game with both sides defending deep which resulted in very few chances in front of goal.

The first decent shot on goal came in the 19th minute when a 24-yard free-kick from Togo’s Djene Ortega struck the left-hand post.

Ten minutes later Comoros had their first threatening shot on goal and it also came from a free-kick on the left-side of the 18-yard box which saw Said Bakari curl a shot goalwards, but the keeper produced a good diving save.

On the half hour mark Togo fashioned another shooting chance from a 25-yard free-kick, but Ihlas Bbeou saw his thunderbolt beaten away by the keeper.

Two minutes later the host nation almost scored on the counter-attack when Ahmed Mgoni broke behind the Togo defence, but failed to beat the keeper in a one-on-one.

In the 39th minute the action moved to the other end of the park when Djene Ortega met a deep ball into the box from the right with a fine 14-yard volley, but the Comoros keeper produced a good save, touching his rasping effort onto the post.

The half ended 0-0.

Togo started the better of the two sides in the second half and Djene Ortega again came close with another 16-yard volley which skimmed the wrong side of the post in the 54th minute.

Two minutes later a great driving run from Mdahoma Kassim saw him beating three defenders before playing Faiz Sulemani into space inside the box, but the Comoros man skewed his shot wide from 14-yards out.

In the 73rd minute Said Bakari broke forward for the host nation again, beating two defenders before firing wide from the edge of the box.

Five minutes later a swift passing move saw Djene Ortega in space again inside the Comoros box, but his 12-yard snap shot went agonisingly wide.

It was a frantic final ten minutes, but neither side could find a winner.

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