Madagascar and Ghana will face each other in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers at the Mahamasina Municipal Stadium on Sunday. Nicolas Dupuis’s team, who have been unable to secure a victory in any of their four qualifying matches, are eager to break this winless streak and move up from the bottom position in Group E.
Madagascar began their quest for a second-ever appearance in the Africa Cup of Nations in June 2022, but suffered a heavy 3-0 defeat at the hands of Ghana. The Barea missed out on their first win of the campaign when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Angola four days later, with goals from Gelson Dala and Niiva Rakotoharimalala for each side at the Kianja Barea Mahamasina. This was followed by consecutive losses to the Central African Republic, as they were defeated 3-0 in Antananarivo on March 23 and then suffered a 2-0 loss at the Stade de la Reunification four days later. Madagascar’s hopes of qualifying for the AFCON have been dashed early, as they currently sit at the bottom of Group E, five points behind third-placed Angola. Heading into the weekend, Romuald Rakotondrabe’s team has failed to win six of their last seven games across all competitions, losing four and drawing two since October 2021.
In contrast, Ghana has had an unbeaten campaign in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and is on the verge of securing their ninth consecutive appearance in the continental tournament. After a comfortable victory over Madagascar in their first group match, the Black Stars were held to a somewhat disappointing 1-1 draw by the Central African Republic three days later.
Possible starting lineup for Madagascar: Adrien; Bertrand, Boyer, Manoelantsoa, Metanire; Amada, Rakotoarisoa, Andrianarimanana, Rafanomezantsoa; Rakotondraibe, Randriatsiferana.
Possible starting lineup for Ghana: Ati; Odoi, Amartey, Aidoo, Mensah; Partey, Samed; Sulemana, J Ayew, Kudus; Ayew.