So far the coach with the longest life in Africa, Amir Abdou will not be at the head of the Coelacanths for the CAN 2023 qualifiers. At 49, the Comorian technician opts for a new project. He would be acclaimed to take the lead of the selection of Mauritania.
A page closes for Amiredine Abdou and the Coelacanths. The native of Moroni announced this Thursday to leave his coaching duties. One month after the eighth-finals of his proteges at CAN 2021 against Cameroon. For eight years, he was able to set up a competitive team and even professionalize his organization. He leads his protégés to three qualifying campaigns for the CAN (2015, 2017, 2019 & 2021) and two for the World Cup (2018 & 2022).
Out of a total of 65 Comoros games since his appointment in January 2014, coach Amir Abdou has managed only 49 games. In terms of statistics, Amir Abdou’s record can be summed up by 12 wins, 17 draws and 20 defeats. His finest achievement remains the historical qualification of the Comoros for the African Cup of Nations on March 25, 2021. The apotheosis of his project. A first participation crowned by a round of 16.
Statement by Amir Abdou:
“These eight years will remain etched in my memory forever. Eight years of hard work, eight years marked by doubts, joys, disappointments, fatigue, sometimes even annoyance, but in the end I will only remember the positive events.
Occupying this position of coach has been a heavy mission, a most exciting challenge, and a great source of pride. I am very honored to have had the chance to represent my own nation, it is an indescribable feeling. From the first hour, I was driven by one and only thing: to make this team progress so that it exists on the continental or even international scene, it’s done. I did not imagine at that time the recent events.
Today, if I have decided to leave this post of coach after eight years, it is because it seems important to me not to fall into the trap of strict continuity. Sometimes you have to push the lines and dare to change to write new chapters. It is not a question of “leaving the adventure” but as a builder, I have the feeling that the mission has been accomplished, whether with this sporting progress or this splendid course during the African Cup. of Nations. »
Coach Amir Abdou
Amiredine Abdou is a Franco-Comorian coach, born in Moroni, as coach of the Comoros from January 13, 2014 to February 24, 2022.