Congratulatory messages from the world of football are pouring in following Madagascar’s maiden qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Njiva Rakotoharimalala’s first-half effort handed Barea a 1-0 victory over Equatorial Guinea – a victory that ended their 46-year wait for an appearance in the biennial football showpiece.
With 10 points in Group A, Ahmad Ahmad’s country is assured of a place in Cameroon not minding the outcome of their remaining games.
Below are a some of the best tweet …
Congratulations to Madagascar 🇲🇬 for qualifying for the first time for the AFCON tournament, also becoming the first team to qualify for #AFCON2019 , the COSAFA Senior Challenge performance wasn’t a fluke.— Velile Mnyandu (@Veli_Mbuli) October 16, 2018
Njiva Rakotoharimalala sends Madagascar to their first AFCON in their history. Congrats 👐— Shina Oludare (@sportingshina) October 16, 2018
HISTORY! Madagascar 🇲🇬 have qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon after beating Equatorial Guinea 🇬🇶 1-0 courtesy of a Njiva Rakotoharimalala goal!— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) October 16, 2018
This will be their first appearance at Africa’s biggest football showpiece. Wow! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #AFCON2019Q pic.twitter.com/uLhuUPTRaD
Full-time in Vontovorona, Antananarivo.— Nuhu Adams 🎙️📻 (@NuhuAdams_) October 16, 2018
Madagascar 🇲🇬 1-0 🇬🇶 Eq. Guinea
✓ Madagascar qualify for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations finals.
✓ They are also the first country to qualify aside hosts Cameroon.#AFCON2019Q #MADEQG
Madagascar have qualified for #AFCON for the first time in their history 👏— Ata Kay (@EricAtakorah) October 16, 2018
Ahmad to the world 😂😂😂😂 congratulations Madagascar on qualifying #AFCON2019Q— #SportsFanatic⚽🎾⛳🏀 (@taytbells) October 16, 2018
Madagascar qualified for the #AFCON2019 in Cameroon after beating Equatorial Guinea 1-0 #AFCON2019Q. This is their first time they will be competing in Africa's greatest soccer showpiece. pic.twitter.com/t9NB1POjeZ— Osoro Robert (@osoroberts) October 16, 2018
Madagascar in the AFCON— Kofi Bolasie (@kofi_Bolasie) October 16, 2018
Interesting coincidence with the rise Ahmad Ahmad in African Football#AFCON2019Q
Njiva Rakotoharimalala has put Madagascar on the brink of qualifying for the first AFCON in their history.— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) October 16, 2018
(A name that will test AFCON commentators and twitter character limits).
Madagascar are through to #AFCON2019— Steve Dede (@DizSteve) October 16, 2018
Spare a thought for the football commentators - Madagascar has just qualified for the African Cup of Nations for the 1st time - thanks to a winner by Njiva Rakotoharimalala. Good for football chants though— will ross (@willintune) October 16, 2018
Scorer for Madagascar is Njiva Rakotoharimalala.— Saddick Adams Obama (@SaddickAdams) October 16, 2018
There is also Zotsara Randriambololona and defender Pascal Razakanantenaina as well as Stéphan Raheriharimanana.
I think Ahmad Ahmad is the only man with a simple name in Madagascar