Tantely Randrianirina of Madagascar during the 2016 Cosafa Cup match between Madagascar and Zimbabwe at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek Namibia on 13 June, 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix
Thursday Jun 08, 2017. 09:00
Sudan will welcome Madagascar in their first 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the Al-Ubayyid Stadium in Al-Ubayyid on Friday.
Kick-off is at 21h00 CAT.
The Falcons of Jediane are hoping to qualify for the AFCON finals for the first time since 2012. They reached the quarter-finals of the tournament.
Sudan's last match was against Gabon in an international friendly in Khartoum last September. The Panthers emerged 2-1 winners over the Falcons of Jediane.
Muhannad El Tahir, who was handed the Sundan captaincy last year, will look to lead his side to victory over Madagascar in their first Group A match.
Meanwhile, Madagascar have never qualified for the AFCON finals and they will be looking to make history by booking their place in the 2019 finals.
Barea defeated Sao Tome and Principe 4-2 on aggregate in the qualification preliminary round in March 2017 and they advanced to Group A.
Paulin Voavy, who scored twice for Barea against Sao Tome and Principe, will be eager to score again and help Madagascar stun Sudan.
Senegal and Equatorial Guinea are also part of Group A and they will clash at the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor in Dakar on Satu