Madagascar look to take major stride toward knockout stage

Madagascar look to take major stride toward knockout stage
Jean Dieu Donne Randrianasolo of Madagascar during the 2018 COSAFA match between Madagascar and Mozambique at Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 27 May 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Tuesday May 29, 2018. 10:26

Madagascar will look to take a major stride toward the knockout stage of the 2018 Cosafa Cup when they face Seychelles in a Group A clash on Tuesday, 29 May, at the Seshego Stadium. Kick-off is at 19h30 CAT.

Madagascar opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over Mozambique at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday. Andriamirado Andrianarimanana and Tokifandresena Andriamanjato netted the goals for the islanders, whose win over the ‘Mambas’ took them to the top of the group.

This is because the other Group A match between Comoros and Seychelles ended in a 1-1 draw, with Mohamed M’changama netting for ‘Les Coelacantes’ in their return to the competition for the first time in nine years, before the ‘Pirates’ equalised through Leeroy Coralie.

Madagascar will know that a win over Seychelles will see them put one foot in the quarterfinal against hosts South Africa set for Sunday, June 3, and they will be looking to reproduce the powerful showing they put in against Abel Xavier’s Mozambique.

Seychelles, meanwhile, will need a win to boost their hopes of advancing from the first round, which was the stated aim of coach Gavin Jeanne before they left for the finals in South Africa. The ‘Pirates’ are also using the Cosafa Cup as preparation for the next Indian Ocean Island Games.

Madagascar and Seychelles have met in nine previous matches according to FIFA statistics. ‘Barea’ have claimed seven wins and suffered zero defeats in the rivalry against the ‘Pirates’, evening handing them a 2-0 defeat in the teams’ most recent meeting (which was in last year’s Cosafa championship).

The other Group A match sees Comoros take on Mozambique at the same venue earlier in the day, kick-off at 17h00 CAT.

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