Comoros, Lesotho set for CHAN clash

Comoros, Lesotho set for CHAN clash
Tsoanelo Koetle of Lesotho challenged by Salmin Hoza of Tanzania during 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup match between Tanzania and Lesotho at Moruleng Stadium in Rustenburg on 07 July 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Jul 12, 2017. 11:30

Comoros and Lesotho will meet in the first leg of their 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Southern zone, second round qualifier on Saturday afternoon at Stade de Moroni.

Comoros, known as ‘Les Coelecantes’, have never qualified for the CHAN, with their attempt to reach the last edition in 2016 ending in the preliminary round when they were beaten 2-0 on aggregate by Zimbabwe.

Les Coelecantes were last in action in 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers last month, where they were beaten 1-0 by hosts Malawi.

Lesotho, known as ‘Likuena’, have also never reached the finals of the CHAN. Their attempt to reach the 2016 edition saw them get past Botswana in the preliminary round, before falling 4-2 on aggregate to Zimbabwe.

Likuena recently played in the 2017 Cosafa Cup in South Africa, where they recorded goalless draw against Namibia and Tanzania to come home in fourth place.

Comoros and Lesotho have clashed in three matches according to FIFA statistics, with two encounters ending in draws and Likuena claiming one victory.

The teams’ most recent meetings were a pair of World Cup qualifiers in October 2015 which saw Lesotho advance on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate draw.

The return leg will be held in Maseru next weekend. The aggregate winners will face Namibia or Zimbabwe in the third round.

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