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2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Madagascar Qualify for Historic First Ever AFCON Finals.

Madagascar qualify for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Madagascar reached what is up-to-date the highest point in their football history after beating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 to qualify for their first ever African Cup of Nations Cup Final with two games to spare.

A first-half goal from Thailand based midfielder Njiva Rakotoharimalala was enough to ensure that the class of 2018 cement their names in Madagasikara folklore.

They showed intent last month after a 2-2 draw with Senegal last month, little did many expect them to qualify with two games in hand.

They are now leading group A with 10 points and are guaranteed a berth in Cameroon even if they lose their remaining group matches.

Other than Cameroon and Egypt, the Islanders are the only other country that has qualified for the 2019 tournament.

Senegal joined Madagascar as the second best team after beating Sudan 1-0 during the day but might overtake them if they register better results in the remaining two games.

This means the two remaining rounds of games will be dead rubbers played to determine who finishes in what position.

The game was played in the City of Vontovorona after they were banned from using the Mahamasina Stadium in Antananarivo following a stampede at the national stadium last September.

CAF imposed a three-month ban but it seems the new Stadium gave them the lucky break they needed.

Madagascar now becomes the 40th different nation to qualify for the Nations Cup finals.

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