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!
This will be their first appearance at Africa’s biggest football showpiece. Wow! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #AFCON2019Q pic.twitter.com/uLhuUPTRaD — Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) October 16, 2018
Full-time in Vontovorona, Antananarivo.
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 — Nuhu Adams 🎙️📻 (@NuhuAdams_) 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
Njiva Rakotoharimalala has put Madagascar on the brink of qualifying for the first AFCON in their history.
(A name that will test AFCON commentators and twitter character limits). — John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) October 16, 2018
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.
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 — Saddick Adams Obama (@SaddickAdams) October 16, 2018