AFCON: Madagascar Extends Fairy-tale Story

Sunday, July 7
*Madagascar 2(4)-2(2) DR Congo
*Algeria 3-0 Guinea

Monday, July 8
*Mali Vs Ivory Coast
*Ghana Vs Tunisia

Minnows Madagascar continued to write their Cinderella football story with another milestone.

The fourth-largest island in the world shocked DR Congo, eliminating the two time champions in shootouts to storm the Africa Cup of nations on first attempt.

The side, managed by Frenchman Nicholas Dupuis had already over achieved by their standards when they qualified to play at the continent, five years after being ranked as number 190th by FIFA.

At the ongoing tourney, Madagascar punched above weight to reach knockout after drawing with Guinea and recording wins over Burundi and Nigeria.

Did you know?
Madagascar is an island country located in the Indian Ocean, approximately 400 kilometres off the coast of East Africa.

DR Congo players join Mbemba to celebrate his late equaliser. CAF

Against DRC, they made their intentions known when Ibrahim Amada scored their opener. Cedric Bakambu levelled for DRC but Faneva Andriatsima restored the advantage before Chancel Mbemba’s late equaliser to force extra time.

The score remained unchanged after extra time to prompt penalties where Madagascar won 4-2, thanks to Yannick Bolasie’s miss.

Madagascar yet to lose a game in their first four appearances. CAF

At the last eight – Madagascar on July 11 – will face winner between Ghana and Tunisia at Al Salam Stadium, Cairo.

In the other game played, Riyad Mahrez lived as advertised as he was on target as Algeria pummeled Guinea 3-0.



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