Comoros will seek a second consecutive win in their opening World Cup qualifier against the Central African Republic at Stade de Moroni on Friday.
Meanwhile, the away side aims to end a two-game losing streak and secure their first victory across all competitions since March.
In their previous friendly encounter on October 17, Comoros secured a hard-fought 2-1 win over Cape Verde’s Blue Sharks at Stade Parsemain.
Despite falling behind to Kenny Santos’s early goal, second-half strikes from El Amine Younes and Adel Mahamoud turned the game around, marking Comoros’ first win in four matches.
The Coelacanths, led by Younes Zerdouk, now face the Central African Republic, an opposing team just one place above them in the latest FIFA rankings of all national teams. With the hosts winless in four consecutive home matches, Friday’s contest presents an opportunity for them to return to winning ways.
On the other hand, the Central African Republic concluded their AFCON qualifying journey with a 2-1 defeat against Ghana on September 7. Despite taking the lead through Louis Mafouta, Raoul Savoy’s team was equalized by Mohammed Kudus, and Ernest Nuamah secured a late winner for Ghana.
After starting the year with wins over Madagascar, the Wild Beasts have suffered two consecutive defeats and are eager for a positive result.
The visitors, currently enduring a run of six defeats in seven away matches, have struggled away from home recently and hope to reverse that trend in Friday’s match.