Comoros move closer to historic qualification

The Comoros Islands moved closer to a historic first ever African Cup of Nations qualification when they beat Kenya 2-1 in Moroni on Sunday to go top of Group G.

Wild celebrations broke out across the island nation as they kept up their unbeaten record in the qualifiers and now have eight points from four matches, effectively needing just one more point from their remaining two qualifiers in March to ensure a place at the finals in Cameroon in early 2020.

Red Star Belgrade striker El Fadou Ben Mohamed had the Comorians ahead after 18 minutes but Kenya pulled one back through Cliff Nyakeya in the 36th minute.

But shortly after the break, Faiz Matoir, who plays in Ligue 2 in France, restored the home lead and the Comoros held on for a famous victory.

The Indian Ocean islanders only joined world football in 2006 have shown steady improvement over the years. Recent triumphs include beating Malawi, Togo away and holding Egypt and Morocco to home draws.