Madagascar made history in their football career after beating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 on Tuesday to qualify for Cameroon 2019 African Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon with two matches to spare.
Njiva Rakotoharimalala scored the only goal on 42 minutes of the encounter held at the CNAPS Stadium in Vontovoronoa, near the capital Antananarivo.
The victory saw the Barea move to 10 points in Group A, three more than Senegal who face Sudan later in Khartoum, and seven points more than third placed Equatorial Guinea.
This means Madagascar are guaranteed at least second place finish in Group A and Cameroon 2019 ticket.
The qualification for the Cameroon 2019 AFCON complete a seemingly impossible tale by the country who remain unbeaten in their campaign.
Led by Frenchman, Nicola Dupuis, ‘Barea’ registered wins over Sudan, Equatorial Guinea (back-to-back) and a draw against Senegal to achieve the historic feat.
The outcome of the two remaining matches against Senegal and Sudan will have no impact as Madagascar are destined to finish in the top two of Group which guarantees automatic qualification.
Equatorial Guinea who have three points and Sudan with zero point cannot catch up with the Barea’s in the
If Madagascar qualifies for AFCON, the streets of Antananarivo and other parts in the country will go into a frenzy, after a similar mood when the Island won the Beach Soccer Africa Cup of Nations in 2015 in Seychelles.
-Complete Sport Nigeria