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