Amir Abdou steps down as Comoros head coach

Comoros national team head coach Amir Abdou has quit his job after eight years at helm.

Abdou claims that the tiny Indian Ocean island nation’s team needs new direction.

It ends one of the longest tenures of any African coach in charge of a national team.

It marks the conclusion of a fairytale rise for the country, who some two decades ago were not even competing in international competition.

The 49-year-old has been the driving force behind the rise of the Comoros from near the bottom of the world rankings to reaching the last 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon last month.

“These eight years will remain forever engraved in my memory,” Abdou said in a statement announcing his intentions.

“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.”

“Being a coach has been a big job. It has been a very exciting challenge and a great source of pride.”

“I am very honoured to have had the chance to represent my own nation. It’s an indescribable feeling.”

“I have decided to leave the position of coach after eight years because I think it is important not to fall into the trap of strict continuity.”

“Sometimes you have to shake things up and dare to change to write new chapters,” he added.

Abdou was an almost accidental choice for the job but forged a well-earned reputation for himself as the Comoros grew stronger, culminating in a first-ever qualification for the Nations Cup finals and then a place the last 16.

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Herman Nnyanzi 'The Analyst' is a Ugandan multimedia sports journalist who started his career in 2017. He has a genuine strong love for sports and expertise, especially football. Contact me on +256704472629 or +256786403603

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