Ezah, GNA Special Correspondent, courtesy Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited)
July 12, GNA – Nicolas Dupuis, Head Coach of the Madagascar national team, has
said he is proud of his team, despite their elimination from the competition.
whose side lost 3-0 to Tunisia in the quarter finals, at the Al Salam Stadium
on Thursday, said after the match that “I'm very proud of this team.
became a bogey side of the competition, recorded a shocking 2-0 defeat over
Nigeria in the group stages to top the table.
“We had a great
tournament since the first day. I'm now enjoying my time with these players and
don't know what will happen tomorrow.
“I say to
Malagasy people we still have a lot to do in the future,” he added.
Many did not
give them a dog chance to get to this stage of the competition, especially
coming in as first timers at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
nation found in the Indian Ocean of 27 million people, defied all odds and
wrote a unique story at the 2019 AFCON, as they qualified to the quarter finals
of the competition.
Not only did
they advanced to the quarter finals, but they topped their group with seven
points and spiced it with stunning 2-0 victory over almighty Nigeria.
fairytale had to end when they played Tunisia in the quarter finals at the Al
Salam Military Stadium in Cairo.
from Tunisia in the second half saw off the lads from Madagascar in the
competition bring an end to their interesting and exciting story in the
Ferjani Sassi, Youssef MSAKNI and Sliti NAIM in the 52nd, 60th and 90th minutes respectively were enough for Tunisia tom silence the lads from
tactically better than Madagascar, as they ensured they did not play their
pressing game which saw them use speed, aggression and speed to overpower their
over Madagascar was more of tactical superiority as veteran Alan Giresse
demonstration his years of experience in the game to over his opponent.
As they leave
the competition, the likes of goalkeeper Melvin Adrien, Aneva Ima
Andrianantenaian, Anicet Andrianantenaina, Jerome Mombris would remain in the
hearts of many for years.
reasons, Madagascar gave a good account of themselves at the 2019 AFCON and
they are heading home with shoulders high, chest out with pride.