Les Coelecantes of Comoros Islands beat Mauritius 2-0 in the first leg of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Stade International Saïd Mohamed Cheikh in Mitsamiouli on Friday afternoon.

Les Coelecantes with a huge advantage will be looking to maintain their famous victory in the second leg in Mauritius on Tuesday, with the aggregate winner progressing to play in Group B for a place at the Cameroon finals.

The visitors were dealt an early blow in Friday’s first-leg match when Emmanuel Vincent was sent off after only 12 minutes for elbowing Comoros’ Ben El Fardou.

Marseille-born Benjaloud Youssouf netted after 65 minutes before Nantes-born Chaker Alhadur completed the home win 15 minutes later in northwestern town Mitsamiouli.

Les Coelecantes registered only their second victory for the 17 continental qualifiers since debuting in 2007 – the first came last year against Botswana.

If Comoros qualify they will face Morocco, Malawi and reigning champions Cameroon in Group B of the 2019 Nations Cup qualifiers with the first matchday scheduled for June.


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