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Africa: ‘I Never Doubted My Team’ – Madagascar Coach After Historic Quarter-Final Place

Madagascar coach Rakotondrabe Felix Romuald says he never harboured any doubts about the capacity of his team going into the 2022 TotalEnergies African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Algeria.

The Barea defeated Sudan 3-0 at the Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine on Monday to finish top of Group C and qualify for the quarter-final of the tournament in their first attempt.

Though Madagascar are in their first participation in the competition, their trainer says they were confident about their chances.

“Before the start of the tournament I never had doubts about my team. I was worried about this game today because I watched Sudan against Ghana. All glory to my players,” Romuald told the press in Constantine.

First half goals from Tokinantenaina ‘Tsiry’ Randriatsiferana, Solomampionona Razafindranaivo and Lalaina Rafanomezantsoa, were enough for Madagascar to ease pass Sudan, a score that was pleasant to Romuald.

“We had a good first half. The players did well. I am very satisfied with my players today. Our next game is against Mozambique. I have watched a few of their games on television. It’s not going to be easy. Everything is possible. It’s going to be 50 / 50.”

Though Mozambique finished second in Group A, and also into their first quarter final, the Barea are not carried away by their Group C dominance.

“Mozambique finished second behind Algeria. It was a very difficult group with Libya and Ethiopia. We are prepared and have the advantage of staying here in Constantine. I hope the supporters will stand by us in the next match.