Comoros 2019-20 Home (#10- M'CHANGAMA) Jersey/Shirt
This is a Joma Comoros national team 2019-20 home jersey featuring the number of star midfielder Youssouf M'Changama.
Comoros were traditionally one of the weakest members of CAF, with their lack of success being largely due to their small size, inadequate football infrastructure and most importantly having only competed in limited Indian Ocean Games matches since their debut in 1979 until their Arab Nations Cup qualifiers appearance in 2006. Although Comoros became an independent state in 1975, they did not join FIFA until 2005, which led to their first World Cup qualifiers in 2007, where they lost 10-2 on aggregate to Madagascar. Comoros did not win any matches between 2009-2016, however they were quickly improving and had a few impressive results against some of Africa’s top nations. Their rise was led by Amir Abdou, a French coach of Comorian descent who had little experience but developed a plan that saw the national team comprise a squad of mostly French-based players from the Comorian diaspora. This resulted in one of the most unlikely rises in world football, with Comoros qualifying for the 2021 African Cup Nations after finishing above Kenya & Togo in their qualification group. They entered AFCON 2021 as massive underdogs in a difficult group, but pulled off arguably the biggest upset in tournament history, defeating Ghana 3-2 to progress to the Round of 16, where they troubled hosts Cameroon in a 2-1 loss.
Youssouf M'Changama has been a pioneer for Comorian football and was one of the first European-based players from the diaspora to represent the national team. M'Changama began his club career with the reserve team of CS Sedan in 2009 in the fifth tier of French football. He later had spells in England with League One club Oldham Athletic and in Algeria with RC Arbaâ before returning to France in 2013 to play with Championnat National club Uzès Pont du Gard and later Consolat Marseille. After many years in the lower levels, it wasn’t until 2016 that M'Changama made it to France’s Ligue 2 when he signed for Gazélec Ajaccio. He played two seasons with Ajaccio and had since had spells with fellow Ligue 2 clubs Grenoble and current club Guingamp. M'Changama has had a remarkable international career with the Comoros national team and is their all-time most capped player as well as their 2nd highest all-time goalscorer, with a total of 11 goals in 50 matches since his debut in 2010. At the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, M'Changama scored arguably the goal of the tournament, with an incredible free kick in their match against hosts Cameroon in the Round of 16.