Madagascar’s success story at the tournament started since arriving in Egypt. Indeed, the Barea (the team’s nickname referring to a species of Zebu) were qualified to the knockout round as group favorites with seven points under their belt.
In fact, the Barea have snitched a 2-0 win over Nigeria in their last group game and another 1-0 win over Burundi, along with 2-2 draw with Guinea in their opener at the tournament.
Following Madagascar’s crucial victory over D.R. Congo, midfielder Anicet Andrianantenaina said: "It’s unbelievable. Without the hard work and constant training, we’d have never done it. We proved ourselves and our ability to win in any situation."
After years of hard work and dedication, Madagascar have managed to create a football team that is capable of upsetting and challenging African football giants such as Nigeria, Guinea and D.R. Congo.
Five years ago, Madagascar were ranked 190th in the world by FIFA. Now, they’re 108th and they are having an uplifting experience and making history at the AFCON 2019.
— CAF (@CAF_Online) July 7, 2019