2019 AFCON: The ground breaking record of newcomer Madagascar

Madagascar marks its first appearance at the 2019 African Cup of Nations with an extraordinary start.


The little known Indian Island team stunned three-time champions, the Super Eagles of  Nigeria 2-0 to take lead in Group B and qualify for the 16th final.

Lalaina Nomenjanahary gave Madagascar a shock 12th-minute lead in Alexandria after pouncing on ponderous defending, jolting a side ranked 63 places above them in the world.

Charles Andriamatsinoro sealed the victory with a heavily deflected free-kick at the 53rd minute, in the presence of CAF President, the Madagascar national Ahmad Ahmad. It was his second goal in three games in Egypt.

The victory of day-3 has been described as one of the biggest surprises of the ongoing 2019 AFCON

Nigeria qualified for the knock out stage of the tournament but the latest defeat from a debutant is total disappointment.



The Black stars, 2013 AFCON champion, tipped to be favourites alongside Egypt and Senegal, appeared disjointed and less enthusiastic.


Guinea beat 10-man Burundi, in another tournament debutant, 2-0 in Group B’s other game.
In another tournament debutant  Guinea finished third in the group and could qualify for the 16th final as one of the four best third-placed teams.

After 18 failed attempts since 1970, Madagascar football team is making history in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Benly Anchunda in Egypt


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