By DEWAH Fabrice TEH
Sports writer, Kick442.com-Cameroon
Football competitions like other collective sports, have in the years past, seen close relatives or family brothers representing nations during events.
The case of Cameroon’s Rigobert Song and cousin Alexander Song for the Indomitable Lions, and Ghana’s pairs of Ayew and Kingston brothers, Andre Ayew and Jordan Ayew as well as Larry Kingston and Richard Kingston are all examples of such memory pairs in African soccer.
While the Ayew brothers will be the lone prominent pair of brothers to jet into Cameroon for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, they will be doing so alongside two pair of ‘brothers’ to represent Comoros Islands in the forthcoming competition.
The Mchangama duo
The Mchangama brothers will be one of Comoros’ closed pair of relations competing in the upcoming AFCON.
Mohamed Mchangama aged 34 and his junior brother, Youssouf Mchangama both born in Marseille will be making their debut in the final phase of the Africa Cup of Nations after contributing to the Comorians Group L qualification in March last year and making Coach Amir Abdou’s final squad for the forthcoming football festival.
Senior man, Mohamed M’changama has had over 19 appearances for the Coelacanths since his debut for the side in 2010 in the qualifiers to the 2012 AFCON in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The Mauritania based FC Nouadhibou forward will be looking forward to step up his game for the Island nation when the event kicks off in Cameroon with the former Nimes Olympique star expected to brilliantly partner with his junior brother Youssouf Mchangama.
Youssouf Mchangama who jointly made his Comoros debut in 2010 against Mozambique in AFCON 2012 will also be expecting to shine for the Coelacanths in the highest level of African football.
The central midfielder plying his trade with French Ligue 2 side, Guicamp, will be looking forward to increase his goal tallies for the Comorians.
The Guicamp skipper has already had 41 appearances for Comoros and has spanked in 9 goals in the process.
Another pair of relatives in the Comorians’ AFCON 2021 squad are the Abdallahs, Kassim Abdallah and his nephew Ali Mohamed Abdallah.
Kassim Abdallah aged 34 years old has been in the Comorians team for over 14 years since his debut with the team in 2007 and will be eyeing a place in the podium of Africa’s biggest soccer festival, the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, the AFCON when the event takes place in the land of the Indomitable Lions.
“Almost no one beyond our frontiers knew who we were. Thanks to football and the results we have been able to record, we will make everyone to know the existence of Comorians” Kassim Abdallah said an interview late last week.
The defender for Marignane Gignac FC in France has represented Comoros in several qualification games to the final phase of numerous major competitions including the AFCON and the FIFA World Cup, bagging over 25 appearances during the time.
He also mentored his nephew, Ali Mohammed along the line with his winger nephew also following up to play for French side Olympique de Marseille.
Like senior man Kassim, Ali Mohamed Abdallah will be making his debut in the final phase in the AFCON this month.
The 22-year-old winger has played over 11 games for Comoros Islands since his debut in 2017.
The Moroni born Stade Laussane Ouchy forward will be looking forward to partner with the Coelacanths old guards including his uncle, Kassim Abdallah to help Comoros ink a memorable participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Comoros Islands will compete in Group C of the Total Energies AFCON alongside four time winners, Ghana, the Atlas Lions of Morocco and Gabon.
The Islanders who arrived Cameroon on Wednesday January 5, 2022, will face the Panthers of Gabon in their tournament opener at the Yaounde Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on Monday January 10, 2022.
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