Day: July 18, 2019

The African Cup of Nations: ‘Fairy-tale’ team, cursed jerseys and super fans

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As Algeria and Senegal face each other in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) final in Egypt, we look at some of the high and low points of the continent's main football tournament.
The knights of Madagascar We all love an underdog and low-ranking Madagascar was the team many neutral fans were rooting for.
The Barea (named after a local hump-backed zebu cow) went on a fairy-tale run, outplaying and beating mighty Nigeria before reaching the quarter-finals in their first Afcon appearance.
Five years ago, Madagascar were ranked 190 out of 211 in the Fifa world rankings.
To qualify for the finals in Egypt, they had to take part in the preliminary round of qualifying, against Sao Tome and Principe in early 2017.

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Presidency of the Republic of Madagascar

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President Rajoelina awards the national team for their impressive performance

The country does not have a professional league and most of the squad play in the French secon..

Sur les traces des ancêtres de coach Cissé, “passé glorieux” et pari sur les Lions

Baghagha (Ziguinchor), 18 juil (APS) – A Baghagha, le village de Casamance (sud) dont est originaire la mère du sélectionneur des Lions Aliou Cissé, une victoire finale de l'équipe nationale de football à la Coupe d'Afrique des nations (CAN) 2019 ne fait l'ombre d'aucun doute, les habitants pariant sur le “passé guerrier et glorieux” des ancêtres du coach sénégalais.


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