Madagascar achieved an historic feat on Tuesday has they defeated Equatorial Guinea 1-0 to qualify for their first ever Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) finals appearance.


Midfielder Njiva Rakotoharimalala made this historical qualification possible as he scored in the first half to earn Madagascar a home victory.


The Indian Ocean Islanders also became the first team to qualify for the 2019 tournament apart from hosts Cameroon.


Now with 10 points on top of Group A, Madagascar are guaranteed a berth in Cameroon even if they lose their remaining two matches.


The 2-2 draw with Senegal at home last month was a statement of intent by the Malagasy who also beat Equatorial Guinea 1-0 away last Saturday.


Senegal left it late to get the win they needed in Sudan to clinch a place in the finals alongside Madagascar from the group.


After four matches played for far in Group A, Senegal and Madagascar have qualified each with 10 points.




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