Having reached the last 16 at the 2021 Cameroon Africa Cup of Nations, Comoros Islands are full of confidence ahead of the 2023 qualifying race which has Ivory Coast and Zambia being favourites to finish in the top-two positions.

Comoros defied football hierarchy beating Ghana 3-2 to finish third in Group C and qualify for the last 16 as one of the four best third finishers.

Morocco topped the group with seven points, two better than Gabon, while Ghana were tail-enders with a point.

Hosts Cameroon beat Comoros 2-1 in a last 16 clash in Yaounde but the latter won the hearts of many African soccer fans for their determination.

Having made a maiden appearance at the continental championship, Comoros coach Younes Zerdouk said Zambia should expect a tough match on June 7 at National Heroes Stadium.

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