The Berea of Madagascar have reached the quarter-finals after beating D.R. Congo in their round of 16 game.
Prior to the Barea’s victory over DRC, the team have been qualified for the knockout phase as the group’s favourites with seven points under their belt.
What is inspiring about Madagascar team is that, as tournament debutants, they have succeeded at reaching quarter-finals not by coincidence, but through hard work.
Ahead of the team’s quarter-finals game today against Tunisia, Coach Nicolas Dupuis have called on his team to continue dreaming.
He said: "I simply want to continue dreaming together. Since the start, two and a half years ago, we said we're going to qualify for the AFCON. We want to have a common goal that's reasonable," Dupuis told reporters on Wednesday.
"I think the with talent of the players, to give them a reasonable goal such as to qualify and then to keep going, if everyone is on the same page then it can be done.”
Dupuis added:” "We're going into this match clearly as outsiders against a team that played in the World Cup and is ranked 25th by FIFA.
“We're proud to be able to play such a team. We'll be without any pressure and just want to be up to scratch.”
The kick-off of Madagascar’s game against Tunisia is at 21:00 CET (19:00 GMT).
#ALEFABAREA's first ever quarter final 😎#CarthageEagles 10th ever, yet they've failed to qualify from it in their last 5⃣ attempts 👀
Who'll create history tonight?#MADTUN #TotalAFCON2019 pic.twitter.com/sKZtJzB7rU
— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 11, 2019