Faiz Selemani returns from injury for Comoros as Abkar Sylla’s Cote d’Ivoire win AFCON qualifier

Club Brugge‘s young central defender Abkar Sylla played the full 90 minutes for Cote d’Ivoire as Les Elephants beat Comoros 3-1. Despite picking up an injury that saw him out of recent games for his club, Kortrijk’s Faiz Selemani also played the full 90 minutes for Comoros. According to FotMob, Sylla completed the most passes with 90 out of 101 in the match, while also winning all three of his aerial duels. The 20-year-old has made 23 appearances for Club Brugge this season, scoring his first goal for the club during their Champions League campaign. Union St Gilloise midfielder Simon Adingra was on the bench for the Ivory Coast and did not get any game time.

Selemani was Comoros’s biggest attacking threat, managing four shots on goal and creating one chance. He was also showing his dribbling prowess, completing four of his five attempted dribbles. Kortrijk will be happy to see that their talismanic forward managed the full 90 minutes before he returns to Belgium to help ensure their survival in the Pro League. There had been fears that the winger would be out for the season following his injury. 29-year-old Selemani has scored eight goals in 24 games for the Kerels this season, which makes him their top scorer. The winger was part of the Comoros side who made history by qualifying for the AFCON in Cameroon last time out.

On Tuesday the sides will face each other again, with Les Elephants top of the table on seven points. Comoros are in third with three points, which is the same amount by which they trail Zambia by in second place.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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